Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Big Fourth Quarter Propels W&M Lax Past ODU in Home Opener, 12-8

(Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — The William & Mary lacrosse team opened its home slate with a 12-8 victory against Old Dominion at Martin Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Although W&M (1-1) led by just one goal entering the fourth quarter, the Tribe opened the final frame with four unanswered scores to build a comfortable 12-7 advantage with 3:59 remaining. The Monarchs (0-3) added a late goal but were unable to get any closer than the final margin.

Sophomore Kate Draddy scored two of her career-high four goals during the pivotal stretch, while she also added an assist during the final frame. The Charlotte, N.C., native finished with a career-best seven points (4g, 3a) to go with three draw controls and a caused turnover.

The first three quarters were tightly contested, as the back-and-forth matchup featured six ties and three lead changes. Neither team led by more than two until the Tribe pulled away late.

W&M once again utilized a balanced attack as seven different players scored. Additionally, seven of the Tribe’s 12 goals were scored by players who did not start.

Tribe Standouts
In addition to Draddy, sophomore Sydney Witwer came up big offensively and equaled a career high with three goals. The Lancaster, Pa., native also found the back of the cage three times in last season’s win against ODU.

Defensively, senior Kathleen Cozzi recorded a pair of caused turnovers and equaled a career high with five ground balls, while senior Courtney Vasquenza registered four ground balls. Junior goalie Elise Palmer posted nine saves and a .529 save percentage.

Junior Ainsley Huizenga was outstanding on the draw circle and totaled a team-high four draw controls, while junior Paige Gilbert tallied three draw controls, two ground balls and an assist.

Inside the Numbers
W&M outshot the Monarchs, 31-21, including a 23-17 margin on goal.

The Tribe also held an advantage in ground balls, 23-18, and committed five fewer turnovers, 13-18.

ODU secured 14 of the 24 draws.

The Opposition
Sydney Taylor led the Monarchs with three goals, while Emma Arnold and Olivia Tanneberger added two goals apiece.

Payton Kisling recorded a team-best four draw controls, while goalie Jenna Peccia posted 11 saves.

W&M now owns a commanding 41-12 advantage in the all-time series versus ODU and has won 14 of the last 17 matchups … Palmer’s performance moved her into a tie for eighth on W&M’s career saves list with Lisa Dixon (318) … W&M’s defense is limiting opponents to just 9.5 goals per game this season.

Up Next
W&M will return to action when it plays at No. 20 Richmond on Wednesday at 4 p.m. It will mark the first of three consecutive road games, as the Tribe also has upcoming road contests at George Washington (Feb. 24) and VCU (Feb. 28).

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