VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the year as it took down Marymount University, 13-8, at Birdsong Field Thursday evening. With the win, the Marlins move to 1-1 on the year while the Saints move to the same record.
The whole first half was a close-knit battle with the Marlins holding the edge at the halftime buzzer. After Marymount got one on the board in the first minute, Jordan Callahan responded as she cashed in a free-position attempt. Virginia Wesleyan then took the lead at the 27:02 mark as Avery Frangelli scored on a nice move to the goal. The Saints regained the lead with two goals over the next two minutes, but a pair of free position goals by Frangelli and Manahan put the Marlins back on top. Knotted back up at 4-4, Ashley Campos was able to score with a man down and Renee Burt added another to give VWU a two-goal advantage. The two sides would then exchange goals over a five-minute span and an Alyssa Bernal goal with time dwindling down put them back up, 8-6, at the half.
In the second half, the Saints started with a goal to narrow the Marlin lead to just one, but a then the Marlins would go on a tear, scoring the contest's next four. From there the team locked in on defense and held on to pick up the first victory of the 2019 season.
Manahan and Renee Burt would lead the team as each player netted a hat trick. Campos and Frangelli would both finish with two goals, while J. Callahan, Mikayla Callahan and Bernal each ended with one.
The team played a steller defensive game, causing 15 turnovers on the evening. J. Callahan and Rachel Fuller helped fuel that defense as each the pair combined four 10 caused turnovers and 11 groundballs. Special teams aided in the win as well as the team not only killed off all four of the Saints' man-up opportunities, but also scored on the man-down twice.
Women's lacrosse will return to action again at 4 p.m. on Wednesday as the team travels to nearby Newport News, Va. for a clash with Christopher Newport University.