Sophomore defender Kathleen Namey scored a pair of goals on penalty corners, and freshman Ashlin Jones added a pair of field goals in leading the sixth-ranked University of Mary Washington field hockey team to a 7-0 victory over visiting Washington & Lee University on Thursday. The Eagles improve to 3-0 on the season.
Namey opened the scoring just two minutes into play on a penalty corner pass from freshman Christine Loehr. Just 2:05 later, Loehr found Caitlin Baker on a corner, who slid the ball to namey, who fired in her second score in as many shots to up the lead to 2-0.
"We were a lot more successful today in our corners", said Namey, a Fredericksburg native who transferred to UMW from American University after attending that school for one year. "We passed much better across the top, and finished better as well."
Baker scored unassisted with 25 minutes remaining in the half, following her own rebound of a saved shot, to lift the lead to 3-0, and Loehr scored 3:11 later, also off a rebound, to push the margin to four. With 6:43 left in the frame, sophomore Carlee Budd scored on a Nicole Guinn pass on a corner to give the Eagles a 5-0 advantage at intermission.
In the second, Jones scored 1:10 into play on a Baker assist, and then again with 25 minutes left on a Jenna Steele pass along the end line, to cap the scoring.
"I'm just honored to be on this team", said Jones, who has scored four goals in her first three games, and is the younger sister to Morgan Jones ('12), the second leading scorer in UMW program history. "The upperclassmen are so accepting to the new players... I feel very good about the position we are in and thankful to be out there contributing."
UMW will visit Newport News, Va., on Saturday to face fellow 2012 NCAA Final Four team DePauw University at 11:00 am on the campus on Christopher Newport University.