NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Halftime led to a switch in momentum in Wednesday's women's lacrosse game at Christopher Newport University where the visiting Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins dropped a 17-4 non-conference decision to the host Captains.
VWC (3-2) picked up momentum to end the first half with consecutive goals from Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) and Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) to cut the CNU lead to 6-2. But, the Marlins would not get any closer as CNU (3-3) scored the first five goals of the second half to pull away for good.
Carey scored with 18:02 remaining in the game to end the CNU run, but it was only a temporary stop as the Captains picked back up to score four in a row. Carey came through again for VWC to slow the Captains, who scored the final two goals of the game.
Carey led Virginia Wesleyan with three goals. Junior goalie Madison Carroll (Leonoardtown, Md./Leonardtown) recorded a career-high 17 saves against a CNU team that fired 46 shots. Carroll recorded 11 saves in the second half.
CNU's effort was aided by 17 draw control wins. Erin Callahan (Vienna/James Madison) led CNU scoring with four goals and two assists.
VWC returns to competition on Saturday, March 14, in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play at Randolph College at 2 p.m.