LEXINGTON, Va. -- A solid effort by the Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team fell a couple goals short of registering one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Ninth-ranked Washington and Lee University scored with one seccond remaining before halftime Saturday to take an 8-7 lead and used a three-goal surge to start the second half en route to posting a hard-fought 11-9 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory on the Generals' Watt Field.
W&L (8-2, 5-0) rode two goals from Melissa Coggins (St.John's, Fla./Bartam Trail) and one from Olivia Sisson (Great Falls/Langley) to an 11-7 lead with 23:11 remaining in the game, but could not find a break in the VWC defense to put the ball into the net for the remainder of the contest.
A determined Virginia Wesleyan team ingited a final rally when outstanding rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago), who led all scoring with five goals, fired in her fifth goal with 8:59 remaining to pull the Marlins within an 11-8 score. Three minutes later it was 11-9 after junior Tiana Garland (Norfolk/Maury) scored her second goal of the game.
It was a close contest from start-to-finish, as W&L was never able to break away from the Marlins (5-5, 1-3). VWC tied the game at 1-all on Garland's first goal with 26:33 showing in the first half, and pulled within a goal of the lead six times before halftime. The General opened up a 7-5 lead with 8:48 before halftime, only to see Virginia Wesleyan tie the game at 7-all following goals by Schallock and senior Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester).
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 22-20 advantage in shots, limiting the Generals to just five shots in the second half. The Marlins also posted a 13-8 advantage in draw control wins, helped by an 11-4 showing in the first half. Seven Marlins recorded at least on draw control, led by Schallock with three.
In addition to goals scored by Schallock, Garland, and Cabeceiras, the Marlins also received a goal from sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty). Senior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) recorded two assists for the Marlins. Sisson led Washington and Lee with four goals. Coggins finished with three.
Junior Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) anchored the VWC defense with seven saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, April 1, when the Marlins host the Vixens of Sweet Briar College in ODAC play beginning at 5 p.m.