Roanoke, VA -For the second time in three days, the Hollins lacrosse team played on her home turf against Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition. Virginia Wesleyan was the opponent on a cold, rainy, Saturday afternoon with both teams looking to pick up their first conference win of the season.
The Marlins opened the game with three consecutive scores by Marie Lerch. After another Virginia Wesleyan goal, Hollins got on the board when Allie Helmbrecht was awarded a free position shot via a Marlin foul. Helmbrecht, the ODAC's leading goal scorer, promptly beat the VWC goalkeeper to get Hollins on the board. However, the home team couldn't build on their first tally and the Marlins finished the half with a 9-1 advantage.
Less than 1:30 into the second frame, Helmbrecht was at it again scoring on another free position shot. The two ODAC foes traded goals and the home team found themselves down, 3-11, with 15 minutes left to play. The rains got heavier but the Hollins defense continued to keep them close. Despite 15 second half shot attempts, the hosts could get no closer and fell, 14-3, in their second attempt at an ODAC victory.
Helmbrecht finished the afternoon with three more goals, giving the first-year midfielder 25 goals on the season. Helmbrecht sits atop the conference rankings just one goal clear of the Marlin's Megan Schallock. Emalee Jimenez gobbled up a game high eight ground balls. Goalkeeper Emily Lowther registered yet another double-digit save effort, her fifth of the season, by recording 10 stops.
Lerch paced Virginia Wesleyan with five scores while Schallock netted four goals and helped on three others. Abby Shope came off the bench to add a pair of goals and two assists. Madison Carroll notched her fist win of the season in goal, making 10 stops.
Hollins will go back on the road on Tuesday when they head to Lynchburg to face Randolph College.