February 23, 2013

Marshall Caps Christopher Newport Comeback, Hands W&L Second Loss

from press release

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Kylie Chaplin and Ashton Marshall each scored in the last two minutes of regulation, while Hanna Slough was nothing short of sensational in the net for the Captains as the Christopher Newport women's lacrosse team took down No. 15 Washington & Lee, 9-8, during a gripping non-conference bout at Captains Turf Field on a chilly Saturday afternoon.

After Washington & Lee (0-2) overcame its halftime deficit and grabbed its first lead of the game with just over two minutes left in regulation, Chaplin came through with the equalizer at the 1:58 mark before Marshall tacked on the clincher with 46 seconds remaining to seal the victory for CNU (1-1). Overall, Marshall finished the game with three goals, while Chaplin added a pair to pace the Captain attack.

On the defensive end, Slough was spectacular in goal after making her first career start. Although Washington & Lee held a 33-16 advantage in shots, CNU's freshman goalie proved to be the difference. She made 16 saves, including four on free-position attempts, to keep the Generals in-check.

Although Christopher Newport struggled a bit to find its offensive rhythm after halftime, the Captains came through when they needed to. Following back-to-back goals by Catherine Klinedinst and Meade Brewster, the visitors took a one-goal advantage with just over two minutes remaining. With the clock adding pressure to the situation, Marshall secured a crucial draw control before Chaplin took off like a bolt into the Washington & Lee zone.

After earning a free-position attempt with just under two minutes left, Chaplin made a quick move and unloaded a bullet, which knotted the game at eight. Back on even ground, CNU won its second straight draw control before Marshall went back to work. Charging hard into the Generals' defense, the junior standout found enough room to snap off a gorgeous shot, which spun right past the W&L goalie and gave CNU a 9-8 lead with 46 seconds left in regulation.

With work left to do, the Captain defense had to make one last stop. After Washington & Lee secured the draw control and earned a free position attempt, senior Stephanie Green came through with the defensive play of the game. The standout defender swatted the ball free from W&L's attacker, scooped it up, and went sprinting down the far sideline to run out the clock and lock up the one-goal victory.

In addition to their large advantage in shots, the Generals also held a 14-5 edge in draw controls after Brewster picked up eight for the visitors. On the defensive end, CNU caused 10 turnovers during the game, including three by Marshall and two by Green.

The first half played much like the tail end of the second with the Captains doing most of the damage on the offensive end. After opening the season with a seven-goal outburst last weekend, Marshall fired two more in the first three minutes of the game to give CNU an early advantage. Nine minutes later, Grace Valentine unloaded her first score of the year to give the hosts a 3-0 edge.

With the offensive attack making the right moves, Slough was just as strong on defense. The first-year phenom stoned five Washington & Lee shots before Klinedinst snuck one through at the 18-minute mark. With their lead down to two at 3-1, the Captains turned to another freshman on the offensive end. After earning a free-position attempt, Elena Obregon went charging in from the near side, cleared the face of the goal, and ripped a one-timer that gave the hosts a 4-1 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half.

After that point, Slough stepped up again and snagged four straight General attempts before Amelia Murcott found an opening. Still leading by two at 4-2, the CNU offense came through in the waning moments of the half. Jessica Singer drove home her first goal of the year at the one-minute mark, and after Margaret Klein added a tally for the Generals, Chaplin tacked on her first score of the game with a rocket just before the horn sounded.

Leading 6-3 at halftime, Christopher Newport's defense clamped down early in the second period. Although the visitors were able to score just four minutes into the second half, the Captains kept pestering the W&L attack. Slough came through with three more saves and Becca Geist pieced together an outstanding effort in the middle of the period.

After Washington & Lee's goalie secured a loose ball, Geist picked up the intensity and refused to give her a passing lane. With the rest of the defense locking down their attackers, Geist put relentless pressure on the keeper and eventually ate up nearly a minute of the clock before the Generals finally cleared the zone and whistled for a timeout.

The stoppage paid huge dividends for the Generals, however, as the squad scored twice in rapid succession to even the game at six. Unfazed, the CNU offense answered. With five minutes left on the clock, Rachel Tomlinson curled around the far side of the W&L goal, took a perfect feed from Lauren King, and ripped a rocket into the back of the net to give the Captains a 7-6 advantage.

Although the Generals were eventually able to overcome that deficit, Chaplin and Marshall's late-game heroics were just what CNU needed to pull off the upset.

Christopher Newport will be back in action on Wednesday when the squad kicks off a four-game road swing with a 4 p.m. battle against St. Mary's.

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