VIRGINIA BEACH -- Ball possession made the difference in a tight game women's lacrosse on Foster Field at the Trinder Center on Saturday.
Host Virginia Wesleyan College battled back from a 6-2 deficit to tie the Old Dominion Athletic Conference game against the Guilford College Quakers at 8-8 early in the second half, but the Marlins could not forge into the lead.
The Quakers came up with crucial draw control plays for possession of the ball in the second half and capitalized on those possessions by outscoring VWC 6-1 en route to a 14-10 victory.
Elenora Keene (Wittman, Md./Gunston Day School) dominated draws by coming up with the ball a game-leading nine times to help keep the Quakers (7-1, 3-0) a step ahead of the Marlins (1-7, 1-2).
Senior Taylor Harding (Norfolk/Norfolk Collegiate) and rookie Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) scored back-to-back goals in a span of 98 seconds to open the second half and push Virginia Wesleyan into an 8-8 tie.
But, E'leyna Garcia (Plantation, Fla./Pine Crest Prep), Lilly Colley (Wells, Maine/Wells) and Keene took charge for the Quakers, giving the North Carolina team an 11-8 lead with three unanswered goals in a little more than two minutes.
Sophomore Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) stopped the Guilford run with an unassisted goal to pull Virginia Wesleyan within an 11-9 score, but the Marlins did not get closer. Keene, Colley and Garcia each added another goal to expand the lead to 14-9 before Cabeceiras ended the scoring for VWC with a goal with 1:02 remaining.
Harding and Moore led VWC scoring with three goals each. Cabeceiras followed with two and sophomores Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) and Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) tallied one each.
Garcia led Guilford with seven goals.
VWC rookie goalie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) finished with seven saves against a team Guilford team that finished with a slim 25-23 edge in shots. Guilford goalie Liz Mettler (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) recorded 10 saves.
Virginia Wesleyan produced a 29-26 advantage in ground balls, led by Agee with seven.
The Marlins return to competition on Thursday, March 28, stepping out of league play to host New Jersey's Centenary College at 1 p.m. The Cyclones are currently 2-4.