VIRGINIA BEACH -- When the Neumann University Knights applied the pressure in the early minutes of the second half of Wednesdays women's lacrosse game, the host Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College found the way to relieve it ... they scored five unanswered goals.
That surge helped lift the Marlins to a 14-7 non-conference victory on Foster Field at the Trinder Center, improving VWC's record to 2-1. Neumann, the two-time defending runner-up in the Colonial States Athletic Conference, was making its season opener with its top four scorers back from last season's 12-6 finish.
Two goals from rookie Megan Shallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) and one each from sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), senior Brooke Cabecieras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester), and junior Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury)carried VWC to a 13-5 lead after the Knights pulled within three goals.
After the Marlins scored the five breakaway goals in a span of six minutes starting with 24:45 on the clock, neither team scored again until 10:11 remained in the game. Alexa McIntyre put the goal in the net for the Knights to stop VWC's run and Amanda Fedak (Norristown, Pa./Pope John Paul II) tallied two minutes later. But, it was too little, too late for Neumann.
Virginia Wesleyan never trailed in the game, as Shallock and senior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney)scored the first two goals of the game in the first four minutes. Jordan Hopkins (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley), who led Neumann with 47 goals last year, scored to cut the lead to 2-1. But, Cabecieras followed with back-to-back goals and Shallock added another, helping VWC to repad its lead to 5-1. Neumann never got closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Cabeceiras and Schallock led VWC with five goals each. Williams scored two goals and Simon and Garland both added a goal and an assist each. Schallock picked up seven ground balls to lead the Marlins, who recorded 42 overall. Kelly Jacobson, Garland, Simon, and Cabeceiras all recorded six each. Garland led the Marlins with four draw control wins.
Fedak paced Neumann with three goals. Goalie Becca Wallace (Linthicum, Md./Seton Keough) led the Knights with seven ground balls. She also recorded 10 saves.
Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) finished with seven saves for Virginia Wesleyan.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Monday, March 9, hosting New York's Hilbert College at 7 p.m. at the Trinder Center.