GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team used some last second heroics to capture a 17-16 victory over Guilford Saturday afternoon on the road. With the win, the Marlins conclude their season with an overall record of 8-7 while going 2-6 in ODAC play.
It was a slow start for the visiting Marlins as the squad 5-1 hole. Undetered, VWU stormed back with their own 5-1 run, led by Ashley Campos' two goals. The two sides would trade a goal a piece to make it 7-7, but a Guilford goal at the 18 second mark would give the Quakers the edge going into the half.
In the second stanza, the Marlins were the ones who got off to the hot start. Liza Holford cashed one in on the man down just under 1:30 into the period. This would lead to a 6-1 Marlin run that gave them a 13-9 lead with just over 16 minutes to play. The two sides would exchange a few goals, but the Quakers made a big push scoring three straight in the last two minutes to knot it up at 16-16. The Marlins won the restart with 22 seconds left on the clock and a Guilford player was sent off for a yellow. VWU took advantage as Tori Manahan found the back of the net with just seven ticks remaining.
Manahan had a phenomenal day as she netted five goals and assisted on another. Offensively, Renee Burt and Campos each excelled as they both notched three a piece. Also entering the scoresheet were Megan Schallock and Avery Frangelli with two goals and Becca Winslow and Holford with one.
The Marlins dominated the draw as they came out victorious on 23 of the 34 restarts. Leading the way was Schallock with eight, followed closely by Campos (8).
Mike Hairston got her first start in net as a Marlin, stopping 12 shots and picking up her first win at VWU.