VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Hayden Thornbrugh goal in the fourth quarter sealed the Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey team a 4-3 victory over the University of Mary Washington Friday evening on Birdsong Field. With the win, which was the first win over the Eagles in program history, the Marlins improve to 3-5 on the year.
With things knotted at 3-3 going into the fourth, the Marlins went on the early offensive. Virginia Wesleyan would take three-straight penalty corners and on the final one would find a way pass the visiting netminder. Hunter Majewski put the ball in play, centering it to Elizabeth Roberto at the top of the circle. The senior then rang home a shot that Thornbrugh deflected past the keeper, becoming what would be the game-winning goal.
That was not Thornbrugh's first either as she scored in a similar fashion in the first. Down 1-0, Cori Jackson got things going as she whipped in a shot from the goalie's left that her teammate was able to redirect into the back of the goal. Mary Washington answered with another later in the stanza, but Julie Fassl ripped a long range shot that found net to even things up just before the period's end.
The Eagles took a 3-2 lead in the second period, but once again the Marlins had the answer, this time courtesy of Roberto. The forward received a penalty corner from Majewski and lifted a lopping ball that went over the keeper and into the net.
Maura Bridges got all 60 minutes in the goal for the home side, stopping six Eagle shots. She'd also be aided by Stephanie Hoke who was credited with a defensive save as she prevented a Mary Washington shot from entering an open goal.
Field hockey returns to action again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as the team travels to nearby Christopher Newport University to take on the nationally-ranked Captains.