VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team defeated Methodist University, 18-10, Saturday afternoon on Birdsong Field. With the result, the Marlins improve to 2-2 while Methodist slides to 1-1.
The Monarchs got off to a hot start, scoring the game's first two goals. Avery Frangelli stopped the run with one of her own at the 16:58 mark but a minute later, Methodist would go back up by two. After the two sides exchanged goals, the Marlins went on a bit of a tear, scoring three unanswered, with Liza Holford's goal at 10:24 giving VWU its first lead of the game. The rest of the half was played neck-and-neck, with the score knotted up at 8-8 when the halftime horn sounded.
It was a tale of two halves for the Marlins though, with both the offense and defense stepping up. Five of the contest's next six goals came by way of the home team, giving Virginia Wesleyan some breathing room. After a Monarch goal put the score to 13-10, the Marlins made sure there was no comeback as the team not only kept Methodist from scoring again but also cashed in five more of their own.
Tori Manahan led all scorers on the day, registering four goals and an assist. Renee Burt, Ashley Campos and Holford followed closely behind as each netted three. Rounding out the scoresheet was Frangelli with two and Marie Lerch, who notched her first goal of the season.
A major factor that contributed to the success was the Marlins' ability to control the draw, winning 21 of the 31 restarts. Holford dominated that aspect, tying a career-high 10 draw controls.
Women's lacrosse will return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday as the team hosts DeSales University for another home bout.