TOWSON, Md. -- Four consecutive goals late in the game was not enough to carry Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse team, which dropped a 15-8 non-conference decision at Goucher College.
Senior Taylor Harding (Norfolk/Norfolk Collegiate) scored twice and junior Lauren Davis (Middleburg/Mercersburg Academy, Pa.) and sophomoreCandace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) score a goal each for the Marlins in the final nine minutes, but Goucher's early lead was too much to overcome.
The host Gophers (3-2) scored the first two goals of the game before Virginia Wesleyan (1-3) hit the scoreboard with a goal by senior Nikki Salyers (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) off an assist by Davis.
But, Goucher took control with a five-goal run, including four in a span of three minutes, to open up a 7-1 lead.
The visiting Marlins cut into the spread with a pair of goals, both by Salyers, only to see Goucher closed out the first half with a three-goal surge to take a 10-3 lead into the break.
Goucher scored the first two goals of the second half, and four of the first five to expand its lead to 14-4, before Virginia Wesleyan ignited its four-goal run.
Goucher out-shot VWC 32-23 and edged the Marlins in ground balls, 22-16. Virginia Wesleyan held the upperhand in draw control wins, 14-10, led by sophomore Amari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) with three. She also led the Marlins with three ground balls.
Salyers finished as the leading goal scorer for VWC with three, followed by Harding with two. Sophomore Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville) also scored a goal.
Rookie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) played in goal for 30 minutes and recorded four saves. Sophomore Catie Amasia (Fallston, Md./Fallston) also protected the cage for 30 minutes and finished with six saves.
Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew's Episcopal) led Goucher scoring with four goals. Goalie Ashley Shaner (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) recorded 10 saves.
Virginia Wesleyan continues its four-game road swing on Wednesday, March 13, playing at No. 19-ranked Christopher Newport University (5-1) at 7 p.m.