VIRGINIA BEACH -- A high-scoring see-saw battle in women's lacrosse on Foster Field on Saturday produced a hard-fought victory for one team and several program records for the other.
Shenandoah University's Hornets averted a loss in regulation play by scoring a goal with three seconds remaining and outscored the host Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins 3-2 in the overtime period to pull out a thrilling 17-16 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory at the Trinder Center on Senior Day Saturday.
While one of the most competitive efforts of the season by the Marlins (9-8, 4-6) did not net a win, it did result in several impressive records set by rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago). She dominated in draw control battles and won 12, increasing her season total to a VWC record 89, topping the former record of 86 set by Jillian Boyd in 2008. Schallock also led all scoring with eight goals, tying the rookie record set by Laura Wallace against Guilford College in 2003. That production increased Schallock's season total of goals to 64, a new VWC rookie record topping the former mark of 55 set by Wallace in 2003.
Schallock joins an elite group of VWC scorers who surpassed the 60 goal plateau in a season. Anne Marie Nash scored 64 in 2004, Megan Parris tallied 65 in 2003 and 66 in 2005, Meagan DiCave, now the Marlins' head coach, tallied 70 in 2002, Wallace holds the VWC record with 75 in 2004. Schallock also joins Nash as the only two women in VWC lacrosse history to record double-digit draw control wins in a game. Nash did it four times from 2002 through 2004.
Schallock's showing on Saturday was just part of balanced effort the received key scoring contributions from seniorCarla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) and sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), and standout defensive play from senior Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville), and goalies Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown), among others.
It was a game that included 10 ties and four lead changes, with Shenandoah (12-3, 8-1) grabbing a 16-15 advantage on a goal by Cortney Gensemer (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) in overtime. Schallock tied the game at 16-all of the Marlins, but Liz Bereit (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) came through to provide the Hornets with the winning goal with 1:05 remaining to be played.
Shenandoah led 4-1 early in the contest, helped by three goals from Bereit, but Virginia Wesleyan came back strong. The Marlins forged in front at 6-4 as Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle), Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester), and Williams all scored a goal each to spark the Marlins, who received two in the run from Schallock.
VWC's 6-4 halftime lead was wiped out in the first minue of the second half however, as Gensemer and Bereit scored a goal each for Shenandoah to tie the game. From that point on, it was a back-and-forth battle, before SU pulled out to a 12-9 lead with 14:48 on the clock. VWC came right back with three goals to make it a 12-all game and the score was never separated by more than a goal the rest of the way.
Virginia Wesleyan owned a 14-13 lead with 2:35 remaining after a free position shot from Schallock, and used aggressive defensive play to keep the Hornets away from the goal. But, as time ticked off the clock in regulation play, Miranda Rudacille (Edgemere, Md./Sparrows Point) fired in a goal with three seconds showing to force the overtime.
Bereit scored six goals to lead Shenandoah, who received four goals each from Rudacille and Gensemer.
Amasia and Carroll both recorded seven saves for VWC, with Amasia notching all seven in the first half, and Carroll all seven in the second half. Rachel Levy (Mahopac, N.Y./Wooster School) recorded 14 saves for SU.