7-0 closing run carries Virginia Wesleyan to win over Sweet Briar

Candace Carey
Candace Carey

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Seven ties and four lead changes occurred in Wednesday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women's lacrosse game before Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins kicked in for a decisive ending.

The Marlins scored seven straight goals in the final 10:32 to post an 18-12 victory over the Vixens of Sweet Briar College on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

Rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) darted in front of the net to fire in the goal that ignited the final rally, as she finished off a quick pass from sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty).  The duo combined to create the eighth tie of the game, but to also swing momentum in favor of Virginia Wesleyan (6-5, 2-3) for the remainder of the game.

Senior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) kept things going with back-to-back goals, and Simon followed suit, helping Virginia Wesleyan to open up a 16-12 lead with 3:09 still on the clock.  Sweet Briar (4-7, 1-3) won a couple draw controls in the final minutes, but could not hold onto the ball to find scores that would cut the spread.

Senior Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) and Carey both scored on free position shots in the final 40 seconds to pad the Marlins' lead before the final buzzer sounded.

VWC's big ending ended a game of first half spurts, as Sweet Briar jumped out to a  3-1 lead in the first five minutes.  Virginia Wesleyan came back to move in front 7-3, helped by a pair of Cabeceiras goals, but Sweet Briar closed the half with four straight goals, including three from Monica Ewansik (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pine-Richland) to create a 7-all tie at halftime.

Allison McLamb (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) started the scoring in the second half to give the Vixens a 9-8 lead, and begin a back-and-forth scoring battle between the teams before the Simon-to-Schallock goal that changed momentum.

Carey led VWC with a career-high five goals, including three in the final 8:59 to help determine the final outcome.  Simon and Cabeceiras both tallied four and Schallock added two.  Senior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/Wiliam Mason) and juniors Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury) and Shannon Ruffalo (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) all scored one each.

Schallock emerged with seven draw control wins for the Marlins, increasing her season total to 50, a VWC rookie record and currently the sixth highest total in program history overall.  Cabeceiras led the Marlins with six ground balls, followed by Ruffalo with five.  Agee recorded four caused turnovers and Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville) recorded three.

Ewansik finished with five goals for the Vixens, who had a standout effort from McLamb with 10 draw control wins. 

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, April 4, hosting Hollins in ODAC competition beginning at 2 p.m.