LYNCHBURG, Va. -- It was a valiant comeback by the Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse Marlins on Wednesday at Lynchburg College, but it all fell just a little bit short.
Lynchburg scored the first seven goals of the game, but had to hold off Virginia Wesleyan down the stretch as the Marlins pulled within two goals before the final horn sounded. Lynchburg survived with a 13-11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.
Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) helped spark the comeback for the Marlins (4-3, 1-1) at the end of the first half when she scored three consecutive goals to cut the Lynchburg lead to 7-3 at halftime.
Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) scored at the start of the second half to move the Marlins within a 7-4 score, before Lynchburg (3-3, 1-1) got back on track with consecutive goals from Alexa Carey (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) and Katherine Francis (Lebanon, N.J./Voorhees).
Virginia Wesleyan came right back however, outscoring the Hornets 3-1 in the next four minutes. Goals from Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) and rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) pulled VWC within a 10-7 score with 12:55 remaining to be played. Virginia Wesleyan added four more goals, but Lynchburg score enough in the final minutes to stay a couple steps ahead.
Schallock and Carey led Virginia Wesleyan with three goals each. Cabeceiras and Williams scored two each. Junior goalie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) recorded 13 saves and a team-leading six ground balls. Schallock contributed with a team-leading six draw control wins.
Caroline Carozza (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), Carey, and Francis paced Lynchburg with three goals each. Goalie Hailey Bossert (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) was credited with 15 saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 21, hosting the Quakers of Guilford College in ODAC action beginning at 11 a.m.