Roanoke, VA - The 2018 Hollins lacrosse team got her season off to a start on a cold Tuesday afternoon when they welcomed Wartburg College to town. The Knights, playing their second match of the season, jumped on the home team early and despite a much more competitive second half, Hollins fell in their season debut, 18-1.
Wartburg controlled the draw circle early and converted their ball possession into four goals in the first three minutes of play. During the first 30 minutes, the Knights used an 11-3 advantage in the circle to control most of the action and keep pressure on the Hollins defense throughout the half. After enjoying a 20 shot edge in the first frame, the Knights took a 13-0 lead into the half. Hollins would start to gain some momentum after the break and many of the statistics were virtually even during the second half. The defense would start to clear the zone and allow Hollins several good scoring chances. Midway through the final period, Hollins would finally break through on a free position attempt. Madi Szurley converted her free position, one of four Hollins second half attempts, to score her first collegiate goal. However, it was the only one of Hollins seven shots that found the back of the net on the afternoon.
In goal, Delaney Waller registered six saves in a game that saw the Knights enjoy a sizable shot advantage, 30-7.
Alex Pollack led the visitors with five goals and three assists while Bri Greiskalns added four scores with four helpers.
Hollins will be back in action as they open the season with four consecutive home contests. Hollins will play host to Muskingum on Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm.