March 23, 2013

William & Mary Holds Off Late Richmond Rally

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. —The William and Mary lacrosse team defeated in-state rival Richmond, 12-11, in an exciting matchup at Albert-Daly Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Tribe (3-6, 0-1 CAA) utilized 9-1 run midway through the contest to build a five-goal advantage and held off a late comeback attempt by UR (3-7, 0-0 A-10) to preserve the victory.

Sophomore Ellen Shaffrey led W&M with a career-high six points (4g, 2a) and six draw controls, while senior Kyrstin Mackrides provided four points (2g, 2a) and four draw controls. Junior Taelor Salmon also came up big with three goals. Defensively, senior Katie Stillwell totaled a team-high three ground balls, while junior goalie Colleen Nofi recorded a game-high nine saves.

As a team, W&M owned a 14-11 advantage in draw controls – including a 9-4 margin in the first half. Additionally, the Green and Gold scored its six second-half goals on just eight shots.

Richmond edged out to a 5-2 lead early in the contest following a goal by Bailey Zerr with 11:11 remaining in the opening half. However, W&M closed the initial stanza with a 4-1 run to tie the score, 6-6, at the intermission. Shaffrey bookended the run with a pair of goals, while sophomore Amanda Johnson and Salmon also found the back of the cage during the pivotal stretch.

The Tribe continued its impressive play in the second half, as it outscored Richmond, 6-1, to open the frame and built a 12-7 advantage following a goal by freshman Zoe Boger with 9:19 remaining. Five different W&M players scored during the impressive run.

Although W&M held a comfortable five-goal advantage following Boger’s goal, UR rattled off a 4-0 run during a span of less than three minutes to cut the margin to 12-11 with 5:10 left.

The Spiders had multiple possessions in the waning minutes but were unable to convert them into a score, as W&M caused several turnovers and Nofi came up with a key save in the waning seconds on a shot by Kara Moschetti.

Zerr led Richmond with three goals, while Emily Doyle and Sam Stevenson both added a pair of goals apiece.

With the victory, W&M has now won four of its last five meetings against Richmond.


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