VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team cruised to a 25-4 victory over Randolph Wednesday evening on Birdsong field. With the win, the Marlins improve to 7-2 overall and move to .500 (1-1) on the season. Randolph slides to 1-8 on the year (0-3 ODAC).
The Marlins got ahead quickly, pouring in two goals from Liza Holford and Megan Shallock in the first three minutes. The Wildcats cut the deficit to one two minutes later, but that would be all the offense shown by the opposing side in the first half. Virginia Wesleyan would net the contest's next 17 goals, until the 20:22 mark in the second half. The lead would be too much for any sort of a comeback, giving the Marlins their first conference victory of the season.
Leading the offense was Tori Manahan who finished with six goals. Right behind her were Liza Holford, Marie Lerch and Campos with four and Shallock with three. Rounding out the scoring was Becca Winslow (2), Avery Frangelli (1) and Abby Shope (1).
B. Winslow and Renee Burt did their best work on distributing the ball recording three and two assists, respectively.
Va. Wesleyan dominated the restart as well, controlling 20 compared to the opposition's nine. Manahan collected a team-high seven on the day, followed by Shallock and Campos' six a piece.
Defense also played a solid role on the evening as the team racked up a season high 17 caused turnovers and kept Randolph's clear percentage rate to just 36.8% (7-19). Anchoring the defense was netminder Jordan Moilanen, who turned aside three shots in nearly 45 minutes of play.
Women's lacrosse will return to action at 11 a.m. on Saturday as the squad to Shenandoah for another ODAC tilt.