ARLINGTON, Va. -- Another slow start left Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team on the comeback trail for a third straight game Monday in non-conference competition at Marymount University.
The Marlins managed to rally in the previous two contests only to fall a goal or two short, but that trend changed against the Saints. Virginia Wesleyan overcame a 5-2 halftime deficit by scoring four consecutive goals to start the second half and went on to post a 10-8 win on the road.
Virginia Wesleyan (5-4) scored the four turnaround goals in the first seven minutes of the second half, led by rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) with two. She entered the game ranked 17th nationally in total goals and scored three overall to increase her season total to 32.
Goals by junior Tianna Garland (Norfolk/Maury) and Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester)sandwiched the Schallock scores, as VWC moved in front 6-5 at the 23:02 mark of the second half. Natalie Tinkham (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) ended the Marlins' run with a goal for Marymount, as the teams traded goals for ties at six and seven entering the final eight minutes of competition.
Virginia Wesleyan moved back in front at 8-7 on a free position goal by Cabeceiras, who came through with an assist on an ensuing goal from sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) with 3:06 on the clock. Senior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle)capped VWC's second-half surge with a goal with 2:04 remaining to increase the Marlins' lead to 10-7.
Schallock and Cabeceiras led the Marlins with three goals each, while Megan McGuirk (Baltimore, Md./Mt. De Sales Academy) and Steph Keane (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) led Marymount with two each.
Senior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason)and Schallock shared the team lead in ground balls with five each, and Schallock recorded a game-high five draw control wins. Junior Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) turned in 11 saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 28, when the Marlins travel to Lexington to face the No. 9 ranked Generals of Washington and Lee University beginning at 1 p.m.