March 11, 2011

No. 18 W&M Downs Oregon for Third Straight

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. — The 18th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team extended its winning streak to three games with a 12-8 victory at Oregon on Friday evening. With the win, W&M improves to 3-1 while Oregon falls to 3-3.

Although the contest was knotted at 5-5 with 22 minutes remaining, the Tribe held the Ducks scoreless for a stretch of more than 15 minutes and scored six unanswered goals en route toearning the win.

The Tribe utilized a balancedattack, as six different players scored and three posted hat tricks. Seniormidfielder Grace Golden earned her fourth-consecutive hat trick to open theseason, while also totaling six ground balls, four caused turnovers and a draw control. With the effort, the Manhasset, N.Y., native moved into third place on the program’s career points list with 184. Sophomore attacker Kyrstin Mackrides totaled a team-high four points on three goals and an assist to go with a pair of caused turnovers, while senior midfielder Molly Wannen also tallied three goals.

Defensively, senior goalkeeper Emily Geary allowed a season-low eight goals while recording nine saves. With the impressive performance, she increased her career saves total to 533 andneeds just four more to break the school record of 536 established by Sarah Witkowski (1992-95). Senior defender Sarah Jonson also had a tremendous game and registered three caused turnovers, three ground balls and three draw controls.

While Oregon jumped out to a 3-1 advantage to open the game, W&M responded with three unanswered scores beginning midway through the opening half. Golden’s goal with 15:17 showing got things started, while Wannen tallied her second score of the game on a free position opportunity. Mackrides finished off the stretch with a goal off an assist by senior attacker Ashley Holofcener with 4:39 remaining to give the Tribe a 4-3 edge. However, a score by Oregon’s Jess Drummond with less than minute remaining evened the count, 4-4, at halftime.

After trading goals during the opening seven minutes of the second stanza, the College rattled off a 6-0 run during a stretch of more than 15 minutes to build a comfortable 11-5 lead. Wannen ignited the run with a free position goal, while Golden scored twiceduring the pivotal stretch. Mackrides, junior Jenny Michael and Holofcener also provided goals during the run.

Although UO outscored W&M 3-1 down the stretch, the Ducks were unable to get closer than the final margin the rest of the way.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at seventh-ranked Virginia next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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