April 9, 2014

Hornets Take Down Marlins 13-8

For immediate release – 4/9/2014 - #311
Hornets Take Down Marlins 13-8

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The Lynchburg College women's lacrosse team got an important Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) 13-8 victory over Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday.  The win gives the Hornets a better standing in the table as the season winds down to the conference tournament.

LC started off quickly as Bri Slate scored on a free position shot at 28:45.  However, the Marlins responded with their own free position goal just 12 seconds later.  Caroline Kilby and Caroline Carozza scored back to back five minutes later to give the Hornets a two-goal lead.  Less than a minute later, Taylor Simon connected on her free position opportunity to put the score at 3-2 at 22:33.  But Lynchburg wasted no time after Katherine Francis won the ensuing draw control. 

During the possession, Kelly Jacobson was given a yellow card.  During the power-play Ryland Scott hit Laura Meisner who fired her shot into the net to put the lead back at two.  Both offenses went dormant for the next 14 minutes until Kilby notched her second of the game on a free position shot at 8:01.  VWC called a timeout following the goal, and soon after Simon worked a nice give-and-go with Brooke Cabeceiras, who slid her second goal of the net in the game.

LC responded with two impressive individual efforts on its next goals.  First Francis worked her way from one side of the offensive zone to the other side and fired her shot in the back of net while being pushed by a Marlin defender.  Then Meisner used her speed to sprint towards the cage and put her second of the game in, as the Hornets took a 7-3 lead into the half.

As had been the case in the first half, the opening goal of the second period came on a free position shot by VWC's Stacey Sank, as Hailey Bossert could not make the save at 25:40.  Kilby finished her hat trick on her free position opportunity, going low to get the lead back to four.

Virginia Wesleyan then cut the lead with two quick goals separated by 19 seconds, with Natalie Furey scoring her first at 21:58.  Scott rocketed a shot in the back of the cage on the following possession after catching a pass from Meisner, but Cabeceiras came back after the next draw control to put the score at 9-7.  LC got the three-goal lead back after Slate went end to end and hit Francis with a pass, who dodged one defender before scoring her second.

Once again, it would be the free position shot which would allow the Marlins to score, as Carla Williams beat Bossert at 16:46 to put the scoreboard at 10-8.  After a foul was let go, Slate scored off a pass from Francis, to give Lynchburg a three-goal lead.  Francis then finished her hat trick after Paige Gadsby took the draw control.

At 8:45, Kilby fired a shot that was blocked by Madison Carroll, but she scooped up her own rebound and made a nice spin move on the defender to score and give Lynchburg its largest lead, as it would be the final goal of the game.

Cabeceiras scored four goals for the Marlins (5-8 overall, 3-4 ODAC) and Carroll made eight saves in the loss.  Bossert stopped nine shots in the game, while Francis picked up a game-high six draw controls.  Brianna LaMarca corralled a game-high six groundballs and Francis also picked up three of her own.

Lynchburg (6-7, 5-3) returns home this weekend to take on Bridgewater College (4-9, 1-5).  The game will also be Senior Day, as Gadsby, Kilby, LaMarca, and Slate will be honored before the 3 p.m. game.