VIRGINIA BEACH -- There's no doubt that Virginia Wesleyan College's women's lacrosse Marlins had their chances to score against St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday.
The Marlins fired 22 shots and had nine free-position opportunities, but saw numerous shots go wide or high over the goal. St. Mary's, which recorded 29 shots, was just more accurate in firing the ball and went on to post a 13-4 non-conference victory on VWC's Foster Field at the Trinder Center.
Shooting accuracy was just part of frustrating afternoon for Virginia Wesleyan (1-2), which turned the ball over 30 times. The Marlins did have better luck in getting to ground balls, edging the Seahawks 36-35.
St. Mary's (1-3) scored the first two goals of the game, but Virginia Wesleyan cut into the lead when senior Lauren Davis (Middleburg/Mercerburg Academy, Pa.) answered for the Marlins with 21:54 showing on the clock in the first half.
The visiting Seahawks dominated there on however, scoring seven unanswered goals to open up a 9-1 lead by halftime. Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) and Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) tallied two each in the run. Virginia Wesleyan had chances to keep things a little closer, but shots would not find their way into the goal.
After St. Mary's scored the first goal of the second half, the Marlins produced back-to-back goals by Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) and Davis to cut the Seahawks lead to 10-3 with 21:39 still remaining to be played in the contest.
It did not get any closer though, as St. Mary's scored three consecutive goals to swell its lead to 13-3 with 8:58 on the clock. Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) scored the final goal of the game for VWC with 4:59 showing.
Davis led VWC with a pair of goals. Goalie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) finished with 12 saves.
Ali Moulis (Centerville, Md./Queen Anne's County), Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton), Bishop, and Newman all scored two goals each for St. Mary's. Goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) recorded eight saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Firday, March 7, hosting California's University of Redlands at 4 p.m. on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.