VWC nips Birmingham-Southern in weather-shortened game

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A steady mist Wednesday night finally took its toll on Foster Field at the Trinder Center where game officials ended the women's lacrosse game between host Virginia Wesleyan College and Alabama's Birmingham-Southern College.

Less than 11 minutes remained in the non-conference contest when officials deemed the field too dangerous for continued play.  The shortened game went to Virginia Wesleyan, which posted an 8-5 victory.

Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney)scored 24 seconds into the contest and Virginia Wesleyan (3-4) never trailed.  Amanda Amerson (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) tied the score for the Panthers (3-4) a couple minutes later, but VWC answered quickly. Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island)scored 42 seconds later on a free position shot, starting a five-goal run for VWC that gave the Marlins a 6-1 lead with 15:09 remaining to be played in the first half.

The teams traded goals through the remaining minutes of the half, which ended with Virginia Wesleyan leading 8-3.

Virginia Wesleyan emerged with several good shots in the early minutes of the second half, but B-SC goalie Caitlin Dryer (Nolensville, Tenn./Ravenwood) came up with big stops to prevent the Marlins from padding their lead.  Madeline Golden (Hartselle, Ala./Hartselle) scored twice for B-SC in the first 13 minutes of the half to cut the VWC lead to 8-5.

Several minutes later it was all over as the mist and fog forced officials to call the game.

Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 23-17 advantage in shots and a 35-26 lead in ground balls. The Marlins also won 11 of 15 draw control showdowns. Williams led the Marlins with three goals and rookie Natalie Furey (Easton, Md./Easton) added two goals. Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central)led VWC with eight ground balls and Furey finished with seven. Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury) recorded three caused turnovers.

Golden led B-SC with three goals and Amerson scooped up eight ground balls.

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 22, motoring to Greensboro, N.C., to take on Guilford College's Quakers at 4 p.m. in Old Dominion Athletic Conference competition.

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