Hollins Takes Quakers To The Wire

Jessica Gradillas' second half assist helped to spark a Hollins rally
Jessica Gradillas' second half assist helped to spark a Hollins rally

Roanoke, VA - In the final of five home games to start the season, Hollins hosted Wilmington College (OH) on a blistery Thursday afternoon. With both teams coming into the matchup looking to pick up their first win of the season, the game was not only close on the scoreboard but on the stat sheet as well. Wilmington took a five goal lead in the second half before a Hollins comeback cut the deficit to just two goals. Despite several late opportunities, Hollins was unable to complete the comeback and fell to the Quakers, 11-9.

Hollins got the afternoon off to a quick start when Allie Helmbrecht scored on the opening possession. The lead would be short-lived, as Wilmington would score five unanswered goals to seize control of the game. A pair of late Hollins scores would tighten the game heading into halftime, 8-4. The two teams traded goals throughout much of the second 30 minutes and with less than seven minutes on the clock, the visitors enjoyed an 11-6 advantage. Hollins would score three times in the next thee minutes to cut the deficit to two, 11-9. Hollins would get a free position attempt late in the game but the shot missed it's mark. The home team would stop the Quakers and gain possession with under a minute left to play, however, Hollins couldn't find the back of the net as the rally came up just a bit short.

The final stats were nearly identical. Wilmington enjoyed a 36-28 advantage in shots but almost every other category was dead even. Both teams picked up 46 ground balls, had 23 turnovers, and made 13 saves.

Helmbrecht led the way with eight goals, 14 ground balls, eight caused turnovers, and a pair of draw controls. Rachel Hertzler scored for the second time this season by connecting on one of her four shots. Mara Smith grabbed six ground balls while handing out an assist and Jessica Gradillas had one assist, two ground balls, and caused a turnover. In the circle, Allie Tambornini secured five draw controls. Delaney Waller picked up five ground balls to go with her 13 saves in net.

Clara Blaine led a balanced Quaker attack with three goals. Hannah Gratsch, Rachel Brown, and Rachel Reinhart each scored twice with Gratsch, Abby Engelhart, and Kayla Ogan each adding one assist apiece. Megan Wieloch got the win in goal while recording 13 stops.

Hollins will take a trip over Spring Break and play three road games before coming back to Roanoke. The first road game of the season will be Tuesday at LaGrange in Georgia.