VIRGINIA BEACH -- After a first half of balanced offense that kept pace with the Saints of Marymount University in women's lacrosse competition on Foster Field at the Trinder Center, the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins could not keep it going in the second half.
Marymount scored the last goal of the first half to take a 6-5 lead at halftime and then pulled away with five unanswered goals in the second half before Virginia Wesleyan found the net again. The Marlins went on to outscore the Saints 3-2 in the final 9:12, but the strong second half start lifted Marymount to a 13-8 win on Sunday.
Virginia Wesleyan (5-7) scored first in the non-conference came when junior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) fired a shot into the net just 1:20 into the game off a feed from rookie Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty). Marymount came back strong with three straight goals for a short-lived advantage as Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) and Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) scored goals within 33 seconds of each other to tie the game at 3-all.
That started a back-and-forth scoring battled through the final 16 minutes of the first half as the lead changed hands five times before Molly Maher (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) scored with 4:55 remaining to give Marymount the final lead of the half, and for the remainder of the game.
Cabeceiras and Williams led Virginia Wesleyan with three goals each. Taylor Johnson (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern), Stephanie Keane (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside), and Megan McGuirk (Baltimore, Md /Mt. De Sales Academy) all tallied three each for Marymount.
Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown)recorded six saves for VWC, and Kiki Niebuhr (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) finished with nine for Marymount.
Virginia Wesleyan will compete again on Wednesday, April 9, hosting Lynchburg College's Hornets in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest starting at 5 p.m. Lynchburg is currently 4-3 in the league, while VWC is 3-3. Both teams are 5-7 overall.