VIRGINIA BEACH -- It started out to be a great day at the beach for the Bridgewater College women's lacrosse team.
The Eagles owned a 5-0 lead over the host Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College, before the storm rolled in. Actually, it was a cold, windy, rainy day from the start of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game, when the VWC head coach Meagan DiCave kicked up a storm with her Marlins.
There wasn't any lightning, but DiCave's thunder got through to her charges as the Marlins dida complete about face from that point on and posted an 11-7 victory on a soggy Foster Field at the Trinder Center. The win snapped a two-year losing streak to the Eagles.
Virginia Wesleyan (4-5, 2-2 ODAC) dominated every facet of the game after the timeout talk with about 13 minutes to play in the first half. The Marlins started getting to ground balls, forcing turnovers, and attacking the goal. Senior Stacey Sank (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois Central) and juniorAmari Agee (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) were catalysts in the turnaround, as Sank scored two consecutive goals to fire up the Marlins and Agee led the defense that caused 14 turnovers.
The Marlins finished the game with commanding 40-17 advantage in shots and a 45-28 different in ground balls, with most of it coming after DiCave's timeout speech. Virginia Wesleyan scored nine straight goals to turn a 5-0 deficit with 14:26 remaining to be played in the first half into a 9-5 lead with 17:53 remaining to be played in the game.
Bridgewater (4-6, 1-2 ODAC) goalie Rachel Gruber (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) turned in an impressive start to the game, stopping everything the Marlins fired at her. But, once VWC started to slip through the Bridgewater defense, the Marlins found the openings to the net to score. Gruber still finished with 17 saves.
Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorechester), Candace Carey (Charlottesville/Albemarle), Natalie Furey (Easton, Md./Easton), and Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) all scored in the attack that found the passes and cuts that led to goals.
Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville/Brentsville) combined efforts with Agee to lead the Marlin defense that prevented the Eagles from getting the open shots they found in the first six minutes of the game.
Sank and Cabeceiras led all scoring with four goals each. Carey led the Marlins with eight grounds balls and Carla Williams (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) picked up six. Agee forced four turnovers and Jacobson caused three.
Katie Feeman (Fairfax/Fairfax) led Bridgewater with two goals. Caroline Fletcher (Richmond/Trinity Episcopal) picked up four ground balls for the Eagles and Caroline Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) caused a pair of turnovers.
Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) recorded seven saves for VWC.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, March 29, hosting league-leading Washington and Lee University at 1 p.m. in ODAC play.