Smith Hat Trick Paces Hollins

Action photo of lacrosse player Mara Smith splitting a pair of defenders
Mara Smith scored three times against the Battling Bishops

Roanoke, VA - The final of four consecutive home matches for the Hollins lacrosse team took place on yet another frigid Wednesday afternoon. At least the two teams would not have to deal with the snow that marred the previous pair of contests as N.C. Wesleyan was the opponent. Each team came into the match looking for their first win of the season and it would be Hollins last chance to pick up a victory in front of the home faithful until later in the month.

The visitors from North Carolina stuck first netting a pair of goals in the opening minutes of play. Hollins responded quickly as Mara Smith beat the Wesleyan keeper to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 22:00 minute mark of the first half. However, the Battling Bishops would score two more times in a one minute span to seize control of the match. For the third time this home stand, Madi Szurley was awarded a free position opportunity and found paydirt to cut the lead to 4-2. Hollins would get no closer and as the first frame came to a close it was N.C. Wesleyan that enjoyed a 6-2 advantage at the break. With the score 8-2, Valerie Heflin scored for the first time this season when she deposited her free position shot into the netting. Smith would add her second and third score to cut the deficit to five late in the game. The road team would add one more score before a last second Hollins attempt would be turned away as the horn sounded and the final score read 11-5 in favor of the Bishops.

With her hat trick, Smith took over the season goal lead with four, one more than Szurley's three goals.  After recording 16 stops on Saturday, Delaney Waller made 17 saves on Wednesday afternoon, her season high. Carsen Helms picked up a team high seven ground balls while causing five turnovers on defense. 

Alexandra Cucinotta led all scores with seven goals to go with 12 ground balls and 16 draw controls. Sydney Smith recorded 14 saves in picking up her first win of the season.

Hollins will make the long trip to the east coast as they travel to face Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday.