VIRGINIA BEACH -- Rookie Natalie Furey helped spark Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team in the first half of Saturday's season finale on Foster Field at the Trinder Center and junior Brooke Cabecerias emerged with key scoring in the second half as the Marlins posted a 17-8 win over Randolph College's WildCats.
Furey (Easton, Md./Easton) scored three of her four goals in the first half, helping the Marlins (6-10) to take the lead and stay in front en route to a 9-6 advantage at halftime. Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester)came on strong in the second half to score three of her team-high four goals in the second half, including back-to-back tallies in a span of just 12 second to help push VWC into a 14-7 lead.
Rookie Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty)and Furey set the tone for VWC, scoring the first two goals of the game for a lead never lost. But, Randolph junior Taylor Kelevnz (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) and senior Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck/Liberty-Bealeton) kept the WildCats in contention with timely goals and assists throughout the first half. Klevenz scored all of her game-high five goals in the first half to help keep Randolph close at 9-6 at halftime.
Virginia Wesleyan began to pull away early in the second half when junior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) scored just 26 seconds into the competition. Williams scored two goals and senior Katilyn Dozier (Virginia Beach/Princess Anne) tallied one as the Marlins opened up a 12-6 lead in the first six minutes.
Edwards stopped the run with a goal off an assist from Klevenz, but the Marlins picked up the scoring pace once again as Cabeceiras scored two goals and Furey added another to help Virginia Wesleyan take a 15-7 lead with 18:04 remaining to be played.
While Cabecerias and Furey led VWC with four goals each, Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) and Williams added three goals each. Senior Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central) scored one. Williams also recorded two assists.
Klevenz led Randoph with five goals and two assists and Edwards recorded three goals and two assists.
Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown)finished with seven goals for the Marlins. Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) recorded 12 for Randolph.