Second-Ranked Generals Top Lynchburg, 18-8; O’Brien Secures 200th Career Coaching Victory

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LEXINGTON, Va. – First-year attacker Hanna Bishop (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) totaled a season-high six points, and first-year attacker Alex Petras (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) grabbed a season-best 14 draw controls to lead the top-seeded and second-ranked Washington and Lee women’s lacrosse team to an 18-8 victory over fourth-seeded Lynchburg on Friday at Watt Field in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament, as Head Coach Brooke Diamond O’Brien secured the 200th victory of her career.

The game was tied, 1-1, after the first four minutes of play, but then a goal by sophomore midfielder Christina Cavallo (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes’ School) ignited a 4-0 run, capped on two goals by Bishop, to give the Generals (12-0) a 5-2 lead with 19:48 left in the half.

The Hornets (10-6) answered with two goals to trim the lead to 5-3 with 17:31 remaining in the period. Junior attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) then scored unassisted two minutes later, which was the first of four straight W&L goals, as the team assumed a 9-3 lead with 12:55 left in the stanza.

Lynchburg recorded its fourth goal of the half with 11:19 on the clock, but the Blue and White ended the period with four straight goals, highlighted by two more tallies from Bishop, to take a 13-4 advantage into the break.

The Generals extended their spurt in the second half, registering the first three goals of the stanza en route to the 18-8 victory. W&L dominated in draw controls in the contest, 21-7, leading to a 31-17 advantage in shots.

Along with Bishop’s six points, senior attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) totaled one goal and four assists for five points. Sophomore attacker Allie Schwab (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Harriton) ended the game with four goals.

Faria had two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Jenny Lisovicz (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) and junior midfielder McKenna Edmondson (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) each had two goals. Cavallo, senior midfielder Kit McNiff (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and first-year midfielder Julia Thomson (Larchmont, N.Y./Hackley School) all had one goal.

The 14 draw controls for Bishop mark the most by a W&L player this season. Junior defender Caroline Hall (Henrico, Va./Collegiate School) and first-year goalkeeper Caroline Kranich (State College, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) each had three ground balls. Senior defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien), Lisovicz and sophomore defender Sam Van Belle (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) all had two caused turnovers.

Kranich played all 60 minutes in goal, making four saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Broughton played 15:47 for the Hornets, making two saves and allowing eight goals. First-year Sydney Miller saw the final 44:13 of action, stopping five shots with 10 goals allowed.

Senior attacker Kelsi Trevisan scored four goals to lead Lynchburg, while senior attacker Nicki Santora added three tallies.

Coach O’Brien now has a 200-56 record in 256 contests for a .781 winning percentage in her 14 seasons.

The victory extends the team’s record-setting home win streak to 28 games, dating back to March 17, 2018.

With the win, the Generals advance to the ODAC Championship game, and W&L will host second-seeded Roanoke on Sunday in the contest. The official game time will be announced on Saturday.

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