WASHINGTON - The Washington & Lee women's lacrosse team used a 7-1 run to open the game and help the Generals to a 12-9 win over visiting Catholic on Saturday afternoon.
Jenna Van Middelem, Anna Stumme, and Lindsay Brophy paced the Cardinals (4-3) with two goals each, while Victoria Neill recorded game-highs of seven groundballs and five caused turnovers. Adair Douglas added five groundballs and a caused turnover.
Ranked No. 15 nationally, W&L (7-2) got out to a quick start by winning the opening draw control and scoring just 13 seconds into the game from a goal by Greta Witter. Witter scored all three of her goals for the Generals in the first eight minutes as W&L took a 4-0 lead by the 23:22 mark.
Van Middelem got the Cardinals onto the scoreboard on an unassisted score with 21:16 to play. The Generals responded with three unanswered goals to push the advantage to 7-1 with just over 10 minutes left in the half.
Brophy scored twice and Van Middelem found the back of the net for her second time of the game to cut the lead to 8-4 just before halftime.
The Generals scored with one second left in the period to take a 9-4 lead. W&L doubled up the Cardinals on shots, 18 to 6, and held a 17 to 12 advantage on groundballs. CUA struggled to connect in transition, completing just 6 of 13 clear attempts at the half.
Catholic came out of halftime, scoring three straight times behind a pair from Stumme and a goal from Nicole Laitner.
Back-to-back goals by the Generals pushed the lead back to four, then Madeline Wilson scored on a free position shot to bring the score to 11-8 in favor of W&L.
The game was scoreless for the next 17 minutes as both teams combined for 12 turnovers.
Sammy Yates scored on a free position attempt for the home team before Clair Schmitzer netted the final goal of the game at 2:56 for a 12-9 margin.
Yasmeen Ajdari finished with seven saves in goal for the Cardinals and scooped up one groundball.
The Cardinals return to action next Saturday, March 29 when they head to Kings Point, N.Y. for their Landmark Conference opener against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.