March 29, 2011

Anderson Scores Seven as W&M Sinks Navy

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Senior Maggie Anderson nearly equaled a single-game school record with seven goals to help lift the 15th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team to a 17-10 victory against Navy on Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Anderson finished the contest with eight points (7g, 1a), while seniors Grace Golden and Ashley Holofcener totaled six points apiece - both tallying three goals and three assists. Golden was also key on draws with six - just one shy of the single-game school record. Sophomore Kyrstin Mackrides also came up big with four points (3g, 1a), while seniors Sarah Jonson and Molly Wannen both tallied three draw controls apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Geary also posted a solid performance and totaled seven saves.

As a team, W&M had an outstanding night shooting, connecting on 17 of 23 shots (.739).

"Navy is a very fast, fit and physical team, but we handled it well tonight," head coach Christine Halfpenny said following the win. "The early portion of the first half was very fast-paced and went back and forth, but our players remained disciplined and stuck to the game plan.

"Maggie had a very nice game, and many players contributed to the effort. Everyone did a great job creating and working together, and the ball movement was good. Emily also had a great game and got back to attacking the ball and playing the angles."

The contest was fast-paced and high-scoring early, as both teams tallied three goals apiece in the opening 6:26. Mackrides registered a pair of the goals, while Anderson scored the other off an assist from Holofcener.

While the teams traded two more goals during the next few minutes and were knotted at 5-5 with 21:11 showing, W&M (5-4) held Navy (9-3) scoreless for the remainder of the half and rattled off six unanswered goals. Anderson ignited the run with a pair of scores, while Golden finished off the stretch with two goals in the final 3:25. Sophomore Caitlin Murphy and Holofcener also provide goals during the pivotal run.

Anderson, Golden and Mackrides all had three goals apiece by halftime, while Golden's stat line also included a pair of assists.

Although the Mids narrowed the gap to 12-7 midway through the second stanza, the College broke the game open with five unanswered goals during an 11-minute span to build a comfortable 17-7 advantage. Anderson and Holofcener recorded three and two goals, respectively, during the stretch.

Navy closed the game on a 3-0 run in the final 3:17 but was never able to get closer than the final margin.

The Tribe will return to action when it opens conference play at George Mason on April 8.

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