Second Half Offense not enough as Marlins Fall 4-3

Taylor Wilhelm takes a penalty corner for the Marlins. Photo by: Kevin Duffy
Taylor Wilhelm takes a penalty corner for the Marlins. Photo by: Kevin Duffy

Second Half Offense not enough as Marlins Fall 4-3

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Five of seven goals were scored after intermission as the Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey team fell 4-3 to St. Mary's College (Md.) on Tuesday.

St. Mary's (Md.) started the scoring early, capitalizing on the first penalty corner of the game. Mollie Belson took the corner, sending it in to Sophie Michel who one-touched it to Meghan Ronan for the score just 2:48 into the game.

The Marlins evened the score in the 25th minute as Lindsy Smarrelli corralled a loose ball in the circle, sending it past the Seahawk keeper.

Each team had multiple chances in the first half as the squad combined for 13 shots which resulted in eight saves, four for each team.

Similar to the first half, St. Mary's (Md.) scored quickly after intermission, finding the back of the cage just 4:31 into the final period. Meghan Ronan sent a hard attempt into the circle where it was deflected home by Sydney Cline.

Cline made the score 3-1 in the 55th minute when she tallied her fourth goal of the season.

The Marlins rallied one minute later when Julie Fassl scored to make the score 3-2. It was the eighth goal of the year for Fassl, tying the ODAC lead. Smarrelli scored again at 60:13 to once again tie the contest.

St. Mary's (Md.) scored the game-winner in the 65th minute despite impressive defense from the Marlins. Courtney Mellon attempted a shot that was saved by a diving Morgan Lee. The ball deflected back out to Kara Feidelseit who quickly pushed the ball into the cage.

VWU drew a penalty corner with a minute to go, but a shot attempt went just wide as the Seahawks managed to preserve the victory.

St. Mary's (Md.) held a 21-14 edge in shots while the Marlins maintained a 7-5 lead in penalty corners.

Alyssa Thompson finished with six saves for St. Mary's (Md.) (5-5) while Skye Swain made 11 stops for VWU.

Virginia Wesleyan (4-4/0-0) travels to Roanoke College (7-1/1-0) Saturday for its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener at noon.