Widener Rallies for 2-1 Victory over Marlins

Lindsy Smarrelli scored the lone goal for the Marlins on Saturday.
Lindsy Smarrelli scored the lone goal for the Marlins on Saturday.

Widener Rallies for 2-1 Victory over Marlins

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey team scored the first goal Sunday, but Widener University rallied for a pair of second-half scores to down the Marlins 2-1 in non-conference action.

Both teams possessed the ball well in the first half. The Marlins maintained a narrow 5-4 margin in shots with all but one shot for each team coming on goal. Skye Swain was solid in the cage for the Marlins, making three saves in the first 35 minutes to keep the Pride off the board at intermission. Sabrina Roberto made three stops in the first half as well for Widener, but could not keep VWU from scoring.

Julie Fassl, fresh off a three-goal game on Saturday, played the ball into the circle from the right side where she found Lindsy Smarrelli for the score at 32:11. It was Smarrelli's second goal of the season.

Widener came out fast in the second half, drawing a penalty corner at 38:21, just three minutes into the second half. The Pride could not capitalize on the corner, but kept the ball in the offensive zone. Kayla Herr found an opening and took a shot, chipping it over Swain to even the score at one in the 39th minute.

The two squads showed impressive fortitude in the second half to keep the opposition from scoring. The Marlins fought off five Widener penalty corners in the second half, keeping the Pride from scoring on any of those chances. Widener was assessed seven minutes worth of penalties in the second half, but the Pride defense closed in on the Marlins to keep the hosts from capitalizing.

Widener broke through the defense to scoring the game-winning run at 50:15 when Herr found Jordana Ambros with a pass from the top of the circle.

Widener held edges in shots, 10-7, and penalty corners, 9-5. Roberto finished with four saves for Widener (4-2) while Swain made six stops for the Marlins.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-3) hosts Wesley College (1-4) on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. non-conference match.