Gabaldon, Marlins Shine on Senior Day
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College won in convincing fashion Wednesday afternoon to lift the Marlins to their second straight win with a 20-0 women's lacrosse victory against Sweet Briar on Senior Day.
The Marlins honored senior Jaquelyn Gabaldon in a pregame ceremony to commemorate her four years of hard work and dedication to the Virginia Wesleyan women's lacrosse program.
Gabaldon started off her senior day by scoring the game's first goal at 27:43 off an Avery Frangelli assist. From there the Marlins never looked back. VWC was able to net 12 shots in the first half to give the home team a secure 12-0 lead at halftime. Six different players for Virginia Wesleyan were able to find the back of the net. Gabaldon and Frangelli recorded a hat trick in the first 30 minutes, while Becca Winslow and Megan Schallock each scored a pair of goals. Marie Lerch and Ashley Campos would also add a point each to help the Marlin offense.
Lerch opened up scoring the second half when she netted her second goal of the match for an unassisted score. Less than two minutes later at 23:07 Liza Holford found Campos to add another tally for the Marlins and extend their lead 14-0.
The Marlins were solid on both ends tonight as they posted an impressive 20 goals off 37 shots while holding Sweet Briar without as much as a shot on the night.
The last 14 goals for Virginia Wesleyan were of the man-up variety as Sweet Briar suffered an injury with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Without having any substitutes available, the Vixens were forced to play the remainder of the match with one less player.
Shawnta Sherman led Sweet Briar (0-6) with an impressive 17 saves. Noelle Cosby scooped three ground balls in the match while Chelsea Alvarado caused two turnovers.
Gabaldon had a career day as she posted her first career hat trick. Campos led all scorers on the nights with four goals as Frangelli posted a career-tying five points off three goals and two assists.
The final game of the regular season for Virginia Wesleyan (3-12/1-6) will be Saturday, April 29th at Roanoke College (5-9/5-1) with a 1 p.m. start.