Junior Mary Alex Romero led six players in scoring with two goals as the Lady War Eagles (13-4) also had their five-game winning streak snapped.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Woodward lacrosse coach Meghan Fox said. “We’ve talked all season about playing until the whistle, going 100 percent and they did that.”
Freshman Cabell Zakas scored five goals and senior Caroline Heys added three for Westminster (16-2-2), which won its seventh consecutive contest and will face Starr’s Mill on Wednesday in Fayetteville.
“Westminster is obviously an amazing team and a powerhouse within the state,” Fox said. “We came in knowing we were playing the No. 1 team in the state and they were ready to go.”
Not long after the opening faceoff, the Lady Wildcats would take control and comfortably hold on to it. Zakas would end a scoreless tie with 23:46 left in the half and Heys would add to the margin 40 seconds later.
By the midway point of the half, Woodward would be in a 7-0 hole due to Westminster’s speed and defense.
“They run a very strong zone defense and we haven’t played against a lot of zone defenses this season and they run it so well,” Fox said.
Fortunately, sophomore Jenny Hannah and senior Drew Jackson would score two of the game’s next three goals for an 8-2 margin with more than 10 minutes to go before the half.
But just before the break, the circumstances went from bad to worse when Jackson was whistled for her second yellow card, resulting in an ejection.
“It was obviously a big blow to the team when we lost Drew but I was proud of the way she handled it, showing her maturity,” Fox said.
Then to start the second half, the Lady Wildcats scored the first five goals to essentially prevent any chance of a rally.
Senior Anna Silverstein and sophomores Annie Calfo and Mallie Egan all had two goals each for Westminster, which also remained perfect against teams in the state.
Woodward fell to 0-5 all-time against the Lady Wildcats.
“For this to be my first year as a head coach, I couldn’t have asked for more,” Fox said. “I was really blessed to have the girls that we did have. It’s been really fun because the girls who are seniors I coached them when they were eighth graders.”