LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team surrendered the first goal of the game to the host WildCats of Randolph College on Saturday, but dominated thereafter in posting a 15-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.
After Randolph's initial score, junior Tiana Garland (Nofolk/Maury) tallied two consecutive goals and rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) added another to give the visiting Marlins (4-2, 1-0 ODAC) the lead for the remainder of the game.
Taylor Riccardi (Lexington/Rockbridge County) came through to score for Randolph (2-3, 0-1 ODAC) to stop the Marlins' run, but not for long. Seniors Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) and Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney)scored in the final minutes of the first half, along with Schallock, as Virginia Wesleyan built a 6-2 lead by halftime.
VWC outshot Randolph 20-5 in the first half and continued an aggressive assault on the goal in the second half, producing a decisive 23-8 advantage in shots. The Marlins shutout Randolph 9-0 in the second half, as five different Marlins scored. Sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), Carey, and Schallock sparked the half with two goals each.
Schallock emerged as VWC's leading scorer with five goals, marking her fourth game of the season with five or more goals scored. Carey followed with three goals and Garland, Simon, and Williams all finished with two each.
Junior Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown)recorded six saves for Virginia Wesleyan. Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) posted 18 saves for Randolph, facing 43 VWC shots overall.
VWC maintained the upperhand in ball control by forcing 29 Randolph turnovers. Senior Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville)recorded a career-high eight caused turnovers, tying the second highest single-game total in VWC history. Carey recorded five.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m. at Lynchburg College in another ODAC contest.