Lexington, Va. –The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team saw their five-game win streak halted Saturday afternoon as the Seahawks dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision to No. 10 Washington and Lee University.
Junior captain Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) picked up a hat trick to pace St. Mary's in its first loss of the season while sophomore Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) added two and senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) picked up a goal and an assist.
Washington & Lee (5-1) opened up with five unanswered goals to lead 5-0 at 19:55. Poffenberger and Kopf finally put the Seahawks on the scoreboard, cutting the gap to three at 6:07. Sophomore attacker Lauren Procaccino (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) notched an unassisted goal for a four-goal lead at 2:45. St. Mary's went into halftime down 6-3 behind Poffenberger's score with 18 seconds left in the half.
Procaccino led all scorers with three goals while Poffenberger netted a pair of free position goals to lead St. Mary's in the first 30 minutes.
The Seahawks (5-1) turned the tables on the Generals as the momentum from the end of the first half carried into the second stanza and St. Mary's fired off four straight to claim its first lead of the game, 7-6, at 8:58. Four different players scored in the SMCM run.
Sophomore midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va./Langley) evened up the score at 6:33 as Sisson converted on a free position shot. Senior midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) then posted the game-winning goal at 4:43 off an assist from Procaccino.
St. Mary's edged the hosts, 19-17, in shots while the Generals staked an 18-15 margin in ground balls. W&L also controlled the draws, winning 11 of 17.
Junior goalkeeper Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished with seven saves and three ground balls while senior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) recorded 11 stops, including eight in the first half, in the Generals' third straight win.
The Seahawks will be back in action next Saturday, March 21st when St. Mary's welcomes Christopher Newport University to Seahawk Stadium for the Capital Athletic Conference opener and its first home game since February 14th. The first draw is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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