NORFOLK, Va. -- Five goals scored in the first 10 minutes Monday set the tone for Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team which posted a 16-7 non-conference victory over Ferrum College's Panthers at Old Dominion University's L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
Rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) scored three straight goals in the first 8:07 of the contest to spark the Marlins (1-1), who pushed out to a 5-0 lead on back-to-back goals from Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury) and Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) in 18 seconds.
Ferrum stopped the streak by scoring back-to-back goals, but it only slowed VWC temporarily. Garland scored two more goals for the Marlins and Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) and Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) added one each to help VWC open a 9-2 lead en route to a 10-3 halftime lead.
Virginia Wesleyan pushed out to an eight-goal lead twice during the first half, but Ferrum cut into the gap behind a pair of unassisted goals by Shannon Brown (Medford Lakes, N.J./ Shawnee). Virginia Wesleyan stopped any comeback at that point however, scoring the final three goals of the game on shots by Schallock, Cabeceiras, and rookie Ashley Winslow(Nokesville/Brentsville).
Six Marlins scored goals, led by Schallock, who finished with six, tying the fifth highest total in VWC history. She also led the Marlins with 10 ground balls, marking the second highest total by a VWC rookie and tying the third highest total overall. Schallock also caused five turnovers, tying the fifth highest total in program history. The Marlins recorded 14 caused turnovers overall, helped by three by senior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason).
In addition to Schallock's six goals, the Marlins also received three each from Williams and Garland, and two from Cabeceiras. Carey led the team with four draw control wins.
Brown paced Ferrum with four goals and six ground balls. Audrey Ramsey (Gainesville/ Battlefield) led the Panthers with seven draw control wins.
Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) and Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston) protected the VWC goal for 30 minutes each. Carroll produced five saves in the first half and Amasia recorded six goals in the second half. Graceanne Gershner (Staten Island, N.Y./St. John Villa) finished with 10 saves for Ferrum.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, March 4, hosting Neumann University's Knights at 4 p.m.