BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team spotted Bridgewater College's host Eagles a 5-0 lead in Tuesday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest, the Marlins took it all back...and more.
Virginia Wesleyan outscored Bridgewater 10-3 after the early deficit to post a thrilling 10-8 double overtime victory that improved the Marlins' ODAC record to 4-3 and their overall record to 8-5.
Senior Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) started the comeback with a goal with 2:38 remaining in the first half and scored the final two goals of regulation int he final 6:39 to tie the game and force overtime. Her game-tying goal came with just 10 seconds remaining.
VWC searched for the big goals in the OT periods and found them, the first coming off the stick of senior Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) with 1:44 remaining in the first OT to give the Marlins a 9-8 lead. Williams came through in the scoring in the second extra session as well, recording an assist on a shot from sophomore Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) with 1:15 showing.
Bridgewater (5-7, 2-4) outshot VWC 7-2 in the overtime periods, but Marlin goalkeeper Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) emerged with three key saves to keep the Eagles frustrated. She recorded 11 saves overall.
Meredith Wimbrow (Easton, Md./Sts. Peter and Paul) scored two goals to spark the early-game run for Bridgewater, which led 5-0 with 5:39 remaining in the first half. Carey's goal put VWC on the scoreboard at 2:38 and rookie Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) followed 12 seconds later with a goal to make it a 5-2 game heading into the break.
Senior Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) scored 54 seconds into the second half to get Virginia Wesleyan scoring started again and the Marlins tied the game in the first seven minutes. Simon scored and then assisted on a goal by Tianna Garland (Norfolk/Maury) to make it a 5-all battle.
Garland came through again to goal to make it a 6-5 lead for Virginia Wesleyna, but Bridgewater sparked one final surge. Jesse Colligan (Fairfax/Fairfax) scored twice and Jenna Devilbliss (Tanneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) scored once as the Eagles moved back in front at 8-6 with 11;27 remaining to be played.
Virginia Wesleyan produced the final run however, as Carey hit the back-to-back goals to tie the game and Williams and Simon provided scores in the OTs for the win.
Carey led VWC scoring with three goals and Simon and Garland added two goals each. Colligan and Wimbrow scored twice each for Bridgewater.
Schallock emerged as VWC's leader in draw control wins with four, while senior Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) led the defensive charge with a career-high six caused turnovers. That raises her career total to 103, marking her as only the third VWC woman to record 100+ caused turnovers in a career.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Friday, April 10, when the Marlins motor to Salem, Va. to take on the Maroons of Roanoke College. The ODAC contest is slated to begin at 6 p.m.