February 29, 2012

William and Mary Cruises Past Longwood, 22-9

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The William and Mary lacrosse team earned its second-consecutive victory with a 22-9 win against Longwood on Wednesday evening at Busch Turf Field.

The Tribe (2-3) utilized a balanced attack en route to earning the lopsided triumph, as nine different players scored at least one goal, while 12 registered at least one point.

Sophomore Taelor Salmon led W&M with a career-high seven points (5g, 2a), while junior Kyrstin Mackrides equaled a career high with four goals. Freshmen Kaleigh Noon and Ellen Shaffrey also came up big with five points apiece, with each totaling three goals and two assists, while senior Maggie Anderson provided six points (2g, 4a). Anderson's effort increased her career goals total to 117 and is now tied for ninth on the program's all-time list.

Senior Jenny Michael and sophomore Katie Stillwell both tallied four draw controls apiece, while junior Brett Hayes added three draws. Defensively, Sarah Mulvey increased her career caused turnovers total to 42 and is now tied for 10th on the program's all-time list. The Milton, Mass., native was one of 10 Tribe players who caused at least one turnover.

Although Longwood (0-3) jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the opening minutes, W&M responded with a 6-0 run to build a 7-2 advantage midway through the half. Junior Caitlin Murphy and Salmon both came up big during the stretch with two goals apiece, while Michael dished out a pair of assists during the run.

The teams traded goals three times during the remainder of the half, as W&M held a 10-5 lead at the break.

While the Lancers tallied the initial goal of the second stanza to narrow the margin to four, the College answered with a 4-0 run to push the lead to 14-6 with 23:15 remaining. Salmon and Mackrides both scored twice during the stretch.

Although Longwood scored two of the next three goals to cut the gap to seven, 15-8, with 18:43 on the clock, W&M closed out the game with a 7-1 run to preserve the victory. The final 12:54 was played with a running clock.

The Tribe finished the contest with a 19-14 advantage in draw controls and an 18-17 edge in ground balls.

With the victory, W&M has now won each of its last five meetings with Longwood and improves its all-time record in the series to 5-1.

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