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The William & Mary field hockey team bounced back in a big way Sunday, using an offensive explosion to beat St. Francis (Pa.) 4-1 in a neutral-site match-up at Lock Haven.
The Tribe improves to 1-1 overall with the win, while the Red Flash fall to 0-2 on the year.
After peppering the goal with shots early, breakthrough finally came through in the 25th minute.
Sophomore Erin Menges (Richmond, Va.) drove through the defense and volleyed a shot at the near post as she passed. It was the first goal of the year for the Tribe, and the fourth of Menges’ career.
The rest of the first passed without incident, with Meredith Savage (Norfolk, Va.) making two saves and Booter Ellis (Laurel, Del.) her second defensive save of the season to preserve the 1-0 advantage.
The floodgates opened in the second half, beginning just seven minutes in. Senior captain Pippin Saunders (Mittagong, NSW) dribbled her way through the defense and took square aim at the far post.
Just eight minutes later, she struck again, this time getting on the end of a pass from Olivia Hajek (Charlottesville, Va.) and redirecting it into the boards. The brace of goals lifted Saunders into the top-10 in school history with 72 career points.
St. Francis broke through in the 56th minute, getting on the board after a quick shot from high in the circle, but the Tribe answered in the 60th with a long shot of its own.
Menges provided the outlet pass up to classmate Emma MacLeod (Richmond, Va.) in front of the cage, who finished for her sixth career tally. That stuck the final margin at 4-1, and Savage made three second-half saves and stuffed three penalty corners after the final horn sounded to preserve the win.
William & Mary is back in action next weekend, hosting a pair of games at Busch Field. First up is Ohio, who visits at 7 p.m. Friday.