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March 25, 2012

Guilford ends futility streak against Virginia Wesleyan

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford scored early and often Saturday and surprised Virginia Wesleyan 13-6 to snap an 11-game losing streak against their ODAC rivals and record their first victory over the Marlins since 1999.

Natalie Belva Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) scored four goals for the Marlins (3-7, 1-2 ODAC), but that was about the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing effort, particularly since it came after two encouraging encouraging performances during last week's Spring Break trip to Florida.

"About the only thing you can hope is that it's a wake-up call, that they realize you can't just walk out there and think you're going to win," Marlins coach Fran Pochily said.

The Quakers (6-2, 3-0) jumped out quickly, scoring the game's first four goals. Belva and Taylor Harding (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) sandwiched goals around a tally by Guilford's E'leyna Garcia to cut the deficit to 5-2, but the Quakers scored the final two goals of the half to take a 7-2 advantage into intermission.

Guilford continued to pour it on after the break, registering five straight goals to seize command. Garcia had two of the scores and finished the day with four goals and two assists.

Stacey Sank (Elmira, N.Y./Iriquois Central) finally stopped the bleeding with a goal for the Marlins at the 14:47 mark, and Belva added three consecutive goals, the last on an assist from Harding, to get Virginia Wesleyan to within 12-6 before Guilford's Summer Frazier's third goal of the game closed out all scoring.

For the game the Marlins were outshot 30-18, including 16-8 in the first half. Goalie Michelle Mace (Dumfries, Va./Forest Park) had four saves before giving way to Brittany MacKnew (Abingdon, Md., Bel Air), who made three stops over the final 25:02.

The Marlins, who have lost three of their last four games, will attempt to get back on track on Saturday when they host Washington and Lee at 3:30 p.m. at Foster Field.

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