Sank leads balanced Virginia Wesleyan to win at Sweet Briar

SWEET BRIAR, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College scored the first three goals of Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opening women's lacrosse game at Sweet Briar College and never trailed en route to a 23-11 victory.

Rookies Natalie Furey (Easton, Md./Easton) and Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), and junior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) scored consecutive goals in the first six minutes of the game to give the Marlins the lead for good.

The teams traded the next five goals before senior Stacy Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central) hit back-to-back goals to post a 7-3 lead. Kim Orchowski (Crofton, Md./Arundel) answered with back-to-back goals for the host Vixens (0-3, 0-1), but Furey scored with 10 seconds remaining in the half to give the Marlins an 8-5 lead at the break.

Orchowski scored the first goal of the second half to pull the Vixens closer, but Virginia Wesleyan fired in the next three goals to widen its lead. Junior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney), Sank, and Simon hit the goals for VWC, with Sank and Simon scoring on free position shots as the Marlins opened up an 11-6 lead.

Virginia Wesleyan continued to score multiple goals, including four in a row that game the Marlins a 17-9 lead with 9:51 remaining in the game. Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury), Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island), Sank, and Carey scored the four goals for VWC.

The Marlins outscored Sweet Briar 6-2 in the final 9:19 for the final 23-11 decision.

Sank finished with five goals for Virginia Wesleyan, followed by Furey with four, and Williams and Carey with three each. 

Orchowski led Sweet Briar with four goals. Monica Ewansik (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) tallied three.

Virginia Wesleyan recorded 15 caused turnovers, led by junior Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville) with six and junior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) with four.  Sophomore Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) recorded eight saves in 57+plus minutes, before Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston) entered to finish the game in goal.

Virgnia Wesleyan returns to competition on Wednesday, March 12, hosting Christopher Newport University's Captains (2-2) at 4 p.m. on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

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