Lynchburg, VA -The Hollins University lacrosse team took a trip to Lynchburg during the week of Spring Break. Hollins traveled to face Randolph College with the two, longtime, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) each looking to pick up their first conference win of the season.
On Saturday, Hollins used a solid second half defensive effort to hang with Virginia Wesleyan and would need a duplicate performance on the road to compete for the win. However, the home standing WildCats got out to a quick start by netting the game's first three scores. Allie Helmbrecht added to her team leading goal total by pulling Hollins to within two, 3-1. Unable to capitalize on the Helmbrecht tally, Hollins saw their hosts rattled off five unanswered goals to seize control of the match. Helmbrecht added her 27th score of the season to make it 11-2 at the break.
The Hollins defense played a much better second half, registering six saves on 15 Randolph shots. After seeing her four goal game streak snapped against the Marlins, senior Rikki Martinez got back in the score column when she beat Ashton Ewers 10 minutes into the second frame. Despite the goal Hollins could get no closer and fell to the WildCats, 17-3.
In addition to her two goals, Helmbrecht added three ground balls while controlling three draws. Martinez added six draw controls, a ground ball, and a caused turnover with Mara Smith and Emily Lowther leading the way with six ground ball pickups apiece. Lowther recorded 10 saves, her fourth consecutive double-digit save game, sixth overall.
Nicloe Dorton scored a game high five times with Chelsea Marciniak adding four tallies. Taylor Riccardi picked up nine ground balls and Ewers made 14 stops on Hollins 17 shots on goal.
Hollins will have some time off to enjoy break and get ready for Lynchburg College. The Hornets come to town next Wednesday, March 30th, for a 4:30 opening draw.