VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey team fell, 3-1, to Shenandoah Saturday afternoon on Birdsong Field. With the result, the Marlins finish their season with a record of 6-8 and go 3-5 in conference action. The squad also honored their three members of the graduating class for Senior Day.
After the Hornets got an early goal, the Marlins settled in creating some offense of their own. The offensive pressure would pay off in the waning moments of the stanza as Julie Fassl put in her sixth goal of the season. Hunter Majewski got the play going, striking a penalty corner that found Emma Walsh at the top of the circle. Walsh ripped a shot in on net that Fassl was able to deflect past the opposing keeper, tying the game with just 1:35 left in the half.
Shenandoah would break the tie in the second half on a penalty stroke just five minutes in. VWU once again applied pressure, and were able to convert twice, but both were called off on infractions. The Hornets then tallied an insurance goal to ensure the win.
The Marlin defense played a solid contest, including Walsh who came away with a defensive save to bring her total on the year to a team-high four.
Senior Skye Swain played her final game in a Marlin uniform, amassing five saves in the loss. Swain will finish with 530 career saves, the record at Virginia Wesleyan University.