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February 28, 2013

RIT uses big first half to post victory over the Marlins

VIRGINIA BEACH -- It was just one of those days the Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team would just rather forget as the 2013 season moves forward.

Nothing seemed to go well for the Marlins as they faced a solid Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) team on a soggy Marlins Field on Wednesday.  RIT scored 12 first half goals en route to posting a 19-7 non-conference win.

Draw control possession was dominated by the visiting Tigers (2-0), who came up with the ball 18 times, led by Shelby Vakiener (Rochester/Fairport) with seven.  The host Marlins (1-1) recorded nine draw wins, led by rookie Chloe Weinmann (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos) with four.

Those draw possessions helped the Tigers bound out to a 5-0 lead behind the shooting efforts of Holly Leone (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields).  She scored four of RIT's first five goals.

Junior Stacey Sank (Elmira, N.Y./Iroquois Central) ended the Tigers' run with a goal for the Marlins, but RIT came right back and reeled off seven unanswered goals, led by Sage Sarkis (Honeoyne Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) with two.

Virginia Wesleyan put together a three-goal run to cut the RIT lead to 12-4, but it never got any closer than that the rest of the way.  Senior Nikki Salyers (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), rookie Brooke Cabeceiaras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) and Sank scored for the Marlins.

Salyers and Cabeceiaras emerged as the VWC scoring leaders, each with a pair of goals.  Senior Taylor Harding (Norfolk/Norfolk Christian) produced a pair of assists.

Leone finished as RIT's goal leader with four.  Ashleigh Caruso (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and Vakiener added three each.

VWC did finish with a 27-25 advantage in ground balls, led by sophomore Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) with six. 

Rookie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) started in goal for VWC, before sophomore Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and rookie Olivia Birmingham (Manassas/Osbourn) took over in relief.  Carroll finished with five saves and Amasia had three

Goalie Katelyn Crane (Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedona) recorded four saves for RIT.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, March 2, in the first of four straight road games for the Marlins.  VWC begins that stretch by motoring to St. Mary's, Maryland to take on the Seahawks (1-2) of St. Mary's College in a non-conference game beginning at 3 p.m.


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