VIRGINIA BEACH -- A strong second half effort by the Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team was not enough to wipe out a first-half deficit Saturday, as the Marlins dropped a tough 7-5 non-conference decision to Greensboro College's Pride.
The Marlins (0-1) outscored Greensboro 4-3 in the second half, scoring three goals in the final 8:43 to pull close. But, time ran out on the Marlins on Foster Field at the Trinder Center, as Greensboro (1-0) held on for the win in the season opener for both teams.
Greensboro jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, before Summer Moore (Stevensville, M.d/Kent Island) scored the first goal of the season for Virginia Wesleyan to cut the gap to 3-1. The Pride recorded the last goal of the half however, scoring with just two seconds remaining on a shot by Kirstin Norris (Bushwood, Md./Chopticon).
The Pride scored two goals in a span of four minutes to start the second half to open up a 6-1 lead, before Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle) scored off a free position shot to put the Marlins back on the scoreboard.
Norris scored again for Greensboro with 16:23 remaining in the second half to give the Pride a 7-2 lead, before VWC began its final surge. Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester), Carey, and Moore all scored for VWC to pull the Marlins within two goals before the final horn sounded.
Virginia Wesleyan's 17 shots in the contest included one that hit the post and another that bounced off the cross bar. Greensboro finished with 22 shots.
Norris led all scoring with five goals. Ashlynn Parks (Odenton, Md./Arundel) added two.
Moore and Carey recorded two goals each for VWC. Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central) helped VWC with a game-high nine ground balls.
Greensboro helped itself to the win by dominating draw controls, 12-2. Norris won possession four times and Nadya Fedun (Fredericksburg/Stafford) came up with three.
Sophomore Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) produced 12 saves for Virginia Wesleyan. Kaleigh Hemstock (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) recorded seven for Greensboro.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, Feb. 26, traveling to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Avenging Angels of Meredith College at 5 p.m.