Marlins Fight Valiants to Final Whistle

Holford posted new career highs in goals (7), assists (3), and points (10) on Thursday night
Holford posted new career highs in goals (7), assists (3), and points (10) on Thursday night

Marlins Fight Valiants to Final Whistle

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team tied up the contest last in regulation, ultimately falling in overtime, 14-13, to Manhattanville College on Thursday night.

The first half started out a bit rocky for VWC when Manhattanville's Jenna Nance scored off a Carly Weiss assist just 26 seconds into the match. Less than a minute later Manhattanville extended its lead to 2-0 when Kat Reilly found the back of the net.

Manhattanville added another goal before Avery Frangelli was able to break up the three-goal spurt, connecting on a shot off a Liza Holford assist, making the score 3-1 at the 23:13 mark. Just 43 seconds after Frangelli's goal, Manhattanville's Nance finished a shot for her second goal of the night.

Virginia Wesleyan seemed to hit its stride when the Marlins scored back-to-back goals at the 14:18 and 11:53 mark. Ashley Campos had the second goal of the night for the Marlins while Holford posted the third.

Nance scored again for the Valiants and ended the two-goal Marlins run. Becca Winslow answered Nance's goal with one of her own with 8:35 left in the half to help start another 3-0 run. Campos' goal at the 6:25 mark put the Marlins on top for the first time in the night, leading Manhattanville 6-5 while capping off the three-goal run.

Weiss closed out the scoring in the first half with a goal at 4:36 to even the contest at six heading into intermission.

Reilly opened up the second half with her second goal of the night to help put the Valiants back on top.

Holford would answer with two goals at the 27:18 mark and the 25:32 mark to help regain the lead 8-7.

Manhattanville took the lead once more when Weiss and Reilly hit shots less than a minute after each other to make the score 8-9 in favor of the Valiant's. With 21:07 left in the half, Holford tied the game off a Becca Winslow assist. Holford found the net for the sixth time two minutes later to make the game 10-9 in favor of the hosts.

After nearly seven minutes without a goal, Frangelli recorded her second goal to put the Marlins up 11-9, their largest lead of the game.

Two goals by Manhattanville's Evaline Diaz and Nance with 10:49 and 9:58 left in the second made the score 11-11. 

Holford made the score 12-11 just 20 seconds after Nance's fourth goal of the night. The Marlins held the lead for four minutes before Reilly tied the game 12-12 when she finished a shot.

Reilly gained the lead for Manhattanvile at 4:22 when she registered her fifth goal of the contest. Becca Winslow tied the game with just over a minute to go in the game to send the Marlins into their first overtime game of the season.

Manhattanville prevailed with just 50 seconds left in the first overtime when Weiss hit an unassisted goal.

Manhattanville (1-2) was lead by Reilly and Nance who combined for nine goals. Reilly hit the back of the net five times for the Valiants, while teammate Nance scored four.

Virginia Wesleyan was fueled by a stellar performance by Holford. She set career highs with seven goals, three assists, and ten points on the night. Becca Winslow tallied three points in the contest with two goals and one assist. Jordan Callahan made her debut in goal for the Marlins, recording 12 saves.

Virginia Wesleyan (0-6) hosts Washington & Jefferson College (1-3) Monday at 6 p.m.