Marlins Capture First Win of Season, 18-12, over W&J
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team captured its first win of the season, 18-12, against Washington & Jefferson College Monday night.
Virginia Wesleyan's first win of the season was a complete team effort with goals coming from seven different players. The Marlins 18 goals were the most by the team this year and their twelve goals allowed were the second fewest on the season.
Liza Holford scored an unassisted goal to open up scoring just 5:30 minutes into the game. Teammate Avery Frangelli hit a shot at 22:30 to put the Marlins up 2-0. Holford found the back of the net for the second time just two minutes after Frangelli to make the score 3-0 and finish a three-goal run.
Freshman Rae LaRochelle put the Presidents on the board for the first time in the contest at 18:22 off a Caroline Kallos assist. Less than two minutes went by before LaRochelle notched her second goal to make the score 3-2 at the 16:45 mark.
An own goal by Virginia Wesleyan at 15:33 and an unassisted goal by Kayla Boulas three minutes later put Washington and Jefferson up for the first time in the game.
The Presidents regained the lead once more at 8:39 after LaRochelle finished her third goal of the night. Holford tied the game 15 seconds later as she hit the back of the net for her 13th goal of the season. Frangelli took back the lead once more for the Marlins scoring off a Megan Schallock assist with 5:41 to play before intermission.
The game was made six-all with 4:56 left in the half when Washington and Jefferson's Monkia Ewansik sunk an unassisted shot.
Back-to-back goals by Schallock and Jacquelyn Gabaldon put Virginia Wesleyan up by two, 8-6, with 3:16 left to go.
At the first half whistle the game was tied 8-8 with two goals by Kallos in the last three minutes.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first half with the Marlins starting a scoring run. Goals by Lerch and Ashley Campos put Virginia Wesleyan up 10-8. LaRochelle's fourth goal of the night at 22:08 cut the Marlin's lead down to one.
Washington & Jefferson got no closer than one goal the rest of the way. With the score 11-10, the Marlins ran off four-straight goals over a five minute period to push the lead to 15-10, the largest Marlin margin in the contest. Four different Marlins scored in that spurt.
LaRochelle posted an impressive five goals while teammate Kallos hit three shots and recorded two assists for Washington & Jefferson (1-4).
Schallock finished with four goals, three assists, and 10 draw controls. Holford finished with three goals and an assist while Lerch posted three goals.
The Marlins held the Presidents to a 13-for-30 mark in clear attempts while holding a 20-12 edge in draw controls.
Virginia Wesleyan (1-6) will start ODAC play on Saturday at No. 7 Washington and Lee (4-1) with a 1 p.m. opening draw.