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Kennedy, Defense Lead #11 UMW Women's Lax Past #14 Washington & Lee in NCAA Tournament 1st Round

Kennedy, Defense Lead #11 UMW Women's Lax Past #14 Washington & Lee in NCAA Tournament 1st Round

All-America senior midfielder Catherine Kennedy scored five goals and added three assists to lead the 11th ranked University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse team to a 16-8 victory over #14 Washington & Lee University on Wednesday afternoon at the Battleground in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Eagles improve to 14-4 on the season.

It was the Generals that had the upper hand throughout the first half, scoring the first goal in the openeing minute and three straight goals minutes later to grab a 4-1 advantage less than three minutes into play. After UMW cut the deficit to 4-2 on Kennedy's first score of the day at 26:09, W&L answered at 25:30 on a Meade Brewster goal to up the advantage to 5-2.

From that point, Mary Washington would outscore the visitors, 14-3. Jenna Petrucelli, Keller Torrey, and Lauren Callison scored for UMW to close the half with a 6-5 deficit. Then UMW opened the second half by netting another nine straight goals. Kennedy kickstarted the run with two goals, and added another two goals and two assists in the run. The teams traded the final four goals of the game.

In all, UMW held the Generals scoreless for 37 straight minutes in the game. The Eagles led in shots, 29-21, and had 13 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. Eagle goalie Kathryn Stiltz had nine saves in goal for Mary Washington while Cara Mulligan had six saves for WLU. 

Callison had three goals for UMW, while Kimmelman had two goals and three assists. Washington & Lee was led by Christina Benedetti's three goals.

Mary Washington will move on to visit second-ranked SUNY Cortland on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m.