Marlins Fall Victim to Second Half Run
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team led at halftime, but succumbed to a key second-half run to fall 15-10 to Methodist University on Saturday afternoon.
The Monarchs started the scoring with a pair of early goals before Virginia Wesleyan answered with three scores, two coming from Becca Winslow, to garner a 3-2 lead with 16:32 left in the half.
The score continued to go back and forth for the next 10 minutes with Methodist holding a 6-5 lead on a Bianca Terenzi goal with 9:16 to go until intermission.
The Marlins responded with 5:50 left on the clock when Rachel Fuller converted on a free position shot. Virginia Wesleyan took the lead again on a short-handed goal by Avery Frangelli off a Liza Holford assist just nine seconds later.
Virginia Wesleyan made that 7-6 lead last the remainder of the first half. Frangelli had three goals and an assist in the first 30 minutes to pace the Marlins.
Methodist came out strong defensively in the second half, holding the Marlins scoreless the first 22 minutes of the final period. The Monarchs capitalized on the offensive end, scoring seven goals over that span to go up 13-7.
The Marlins ended the scoring drought at 8:01 when Ashley Winslow converted a free position shot to cut the deficit to 13-8.
Both teams locked down defensively with neither team able to get on the board again for nearly six minutes. The Marlins finally broke through the pressure at 2:16 when Frangelli scored her fourth goal of the game, cutting the Monarch lead to just four.
Methodist responded with two late goals to secure the win.
Emily Brennen had five goals and an assist for Methodist (4-2) while Terenzi tallied another four scores and an assist.
Virginia Wesleyan (0-3) will return home for its first game this season on Birdsong Field Tuesday with Coast Guard (0-2) coming to town for a 6 p.m. start.