Marlins ignite in second half to knock off Meredith

Marlins ignite in second half to knock off Meredith

VIRGINIA BEACH -- As one offense stalled Sunday on Foster Field at the Trinder Center, another revved into gear.

Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team started to fire on all cylinders in the final 20 minutes of a non-conference game against Meredith College and posted a rousing 16-12 come-from-behind victory. Meredith entered the contest riding a four-game winning streak.

The Marlins scored 11 of the last 13 goals in the contest, wiping out a 10-5 lead established by an aggressive Avenging Angels attack into the early minutes of the second half. The turnaround began when senior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) forced a Meredith turnover, retrieved the ball, and moved the Marlins downfield.  Seconds later she fired in the first of her three goals scored in the final 19:43.

Williams' series of played jumpstarted her teammates, as Virginia Wesleyan (9-6) dominated the next 10 minutes, scoring six straight goals to forge into an 11-10 lead, the Marlins' first lead since a 2-1 score early in the contest.  Five Marlins scored in the run, led by Williams who put in two.

Meredith (10-6), the No. 2 seed in the upcoming USA South Athletic Conference championship tournament, tied the game twice in the next two minutes on goals by Carlee Joseph (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and Lottie Meadows (Roanoke/Hidden Valley), but could never jump back in front.   

A goal by sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) offset one of those goals for the Marlins, who went on to score four straight goals in the final 4:47 to put away the win. Williams' third goal put VWC in front 13-12, rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) added a goal, and senior Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) twice in a span of six seconds to provide the Marlins with their final margin of victory.

Schallock emerged as the game's leading scorer as she put in five goals, marking the sixth time this season she has scored five or more goals in a game.  Schallock, the leading goal scorer in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), now has 52 goals on the season.  She is within three goals of VWC's rookie record of 55 goals scored by All-American Laura Wallace in 2003.

Williams contributed four goals to the win, tying her career-high scored against New Jersey's Centenary College in 2013. Cabeceiras scored three goals, Simon added two and Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury) and Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) tallied one each.

Meredith recorded an 18-12 advantage in draw control wins, but Schallock led in the battles for the ball with six wins.  Danielle Lee (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) led Meredith with five.

VWC's revved-up attack in the second half also extended to the defense as the Marlins helped force 14 Meredith turnovers in the second half. Williams caused four on the turnovers and senior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) forced three.  Junior Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) also came up big in the second half with eigh saves against 14 Meredith shots.  She finished with 14 saves overall, her second highest total of the season.

Victoria Doyle (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), Brooke Halvorson (Lorton, Va./South County), and Meadows led Meredith scoring with three goals each.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Wednesday, April 15, hosting the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College in ODAC action beginning at 4 p.m.