Roanoke, VA -After starting the season with five consecutive, non-conference, road games, the Hollins lacrosse team finally returned to defend her home field. Hollins welcomed cross-town rival Roanoke College for both team's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) debut.
The Maroons struck first, netting a pair of goals in the game's opening minute of play. Roanoke didn't show any signs of slowing down as they continued to add to their lead throughout the first 30 minutes. At the break, the Maroons held a comfortable, 16-0, advantage.
The visitors from Salem added three more tallies to start the second half before Hollins earned some zone time and found the back of the net. Allie Helmbrecht, the ODAC's leading goal scorer, absorbed a Roanoke foul to maintain possession and beat the Maroons keeper to get Hollins on the board. Roanoke responded with another pair of scores before Allie Tambornini gained a free position shot. Tambornini fired a shot past the goalkeeper to score the first goal of her two year career. Hollins would add a late goal but it was the road team that earned the ODAC victory, 24-3.
Helmbrect added to her conference leading total by scoring for the 22nd time this season. Rikki Martinez once again added a score and three draw controls to go with Tambornini's goal. On defense, Shenice David picked up two ground balls while keeper Emily Lowther registered 17 saves and three ground balls.
Nicole Zelnik scored three times with two assists and Allison Beames added three goals and an assist. Courtney McCartin handed out six of the Maroon's 18 helpers while 16 different players scored. Emma Blair shut-out Hollins in the first half, recording a pair of saves, to pick up the win in net.
Hollins will be back on home turf this Saturday when Virginia Wesleyan comes to town for a 2:00pm start.