RALEIGH, N.C. -- Victories were on the different ends of the spectrum Wednesday for two Virginia Wesleyan College coaches.
While veteran baseball coach Nick Boothe was lauded for his 600th career win at VWC, first year women's lacrosse coach Meagan DiCave notched her first career win with the Marlins.
DiCave's victory took place on the road at Meredith College where Virginia Wesleyan outlasted the host Avenging Angels for a thrilling 12-10 non-conference win. Junior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) tallied three of VWC's final four goals in a closing rally for the Marlins.
There were five ties and and three lead changes in the game, with the third change giving the Marlins the lead for good.
Meredith (1-1), a team expected to challenge for the USA South Athletic Conference championship this year, never trailed in the second half until Carey scored with 7:46 remaining to be played. She scored off an assist by Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central), pushing the Marlins in front 11-10.
The host Avenging Angels led 10-8 after Molly Miller (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) scored twice for Meredith, but Carey sparked the closing comeback for VWC, recording an unassisted goal with 9:14 showing. A minute later it was a 10-all contest as sophomore Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) scored off an assist from Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester).
The Sank/Carey connection put the Marlins in front for the first time since the second half, and Carey capped the scoring with a goal on a free position shot with 5:27 remaining to be played.
Meredith jumped out to a 3- 1 lead, but Virginia Wesleyan came back strong, outscoring the Angels 4-1 to take a 5-3 lead. Tiana Garland (NorfolkMaury), Carey, Moore, and Cabeceiras all scored to give the Marlins the advantage with 6:25 remaining to be played before halftime. But, Meredith came up with two goals in the closing minutes as Miller scored both, including one with 21 seconds on the clock to create a 5-all tie by the halftime break.
Katie Burnet (Apex, N.C./Apex) scored back-to-back goals to give Meredith a 7-5 lead early in the second half. Virginia Wesleyan continued to challenge, pulling within a goal of the lead several times. Cabeceiras scored to tie the game at 8-all and Sank at 10-all, keeping the Marlins within takeover range.
Carey finished with four goals for the Marlins, Cabeceiras tallied three, and Moore scored two. Sophomore goalie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) recorded nine saves. Cabeceiras also recorded a game-high 10 draw control wins, tying the third highest single-game effort in VWC history.
Miller led Meredith scoring with six goals and Burnet tallied three goals and two assists. Goalie Meghan Brooks (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) recorded six saves.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, March 1, hosting the Seahawks of St. Mary's College of Maryland at 1 p.m.