VIRGINIA BEACH -- A domineering effort in draw control battles led to a decisive 19-5 victory for Virginia Wesleyan College in a non-conference women's lacrosse contest against New Jersey's Centenary College Thursday on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.
The Marlins won 20 of 26 draws, led by the standout effort of rookie Chloe Weinmann (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos). She came up with the ball 11 times for the Marlins, marking the highest total since VWC Athletic Hall of Fame honoree Anne Marie Nash recorded 11 in 2003 against Hollins University. Weinmann's effort tied the second highest total in VWC single-game history and set the Marlin rookie record.
Winning the draws enabled Virginia Wesleyan to dominate possession of the ball and the Marlins capitalized often. VWC scored four goals in the first 10 minutes, including two by sophomore Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney). Six Marlins scored at least one goal in the early going to give Virginia Wesleyan a 7-0 lead.
Allie Swartz (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) scored for Centenary with 13:42 remaining in the first half to snap the Marlins' scoring streak, but not for long. Sophomore Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester)put the Marlins back on the scoreboard at 12:36 and VWC followed with four more goals to open up a 12-1 lead at halftime.
The Marlins and Cyclones traded goals to start the second half and battled more evenly throughout the half, with VWC producing a 7-4 scoring edge for the final 19-5 final.
Virginia Wesleyan outshot Centenary 32-10 and recorded a 28-21 edge in ground balls. Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville) andCandace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) led the Marlins with four ground balls each.
Eleven Marlins scored at least one goal each, led by Williams with four. Lauren Davis (Middleburg/Mercersburg Academy, Pa.), Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central), Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island), Jacobson and Carey scored two goals each. Taylor Harding (Norfolk/Norfolk Collegiate), Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason), Nikki Salyers (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Jennifer Schrum (Hampton/Bethel) added a goal each.
Swartz led Centenary with three goals.
Rookie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) protected the goal for the first 30 minutes of the game and recorded two saves. Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston)took over for the first 24 minutes of the second half and had one save, before rookie Olivia Birmingham (Manassas/Osbourn) finished.
Andrea Senkarik (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest) played in the goal for Centenary and recorded nine saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 30, hosting Sweet Briar College's Vixens in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest starting at 3:30 p.m.