Virginia Beach, Va - For the first time in 2018, the Hollins lacrosse team played a match outside of the Roanoke Valley when they made the trek east to face Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Virginia Wesleyan. After their best offense output of the season on Wednesday, Hollins looked to build on that momentum against the Marlins.
The home team wasted little time in taking advantage of the four plus hour trip for their guests. Virginia Wesleyan out-drew Hollins 15-6 during the first 30 minutes and used that ball control to tilt the field to their advantage. After a pair of scores in less than two minutes, the Marlins continued to apply the pressure on the Green and Gold. Wesleyan put up 31 first half shots that allowed them to take a huge lead into the break, 19-0. After the intermission, the home team continued to take advantage of the draw circle and convert Hollins turnovers (26 for the game) into scoring chances. As the seconds ticked away, Virginia Wesleyan had run their season record to 5-1 with the 28-0 victory.
Mara Smith attempted a team high four shots, with three being turned away by the Marlin keepers. Madi Szurley led Hollins by securing seven draw controls while Delaney Waller and Carsen Helms each picked up three ground balls. Waller just missed her third consecutive double-digit save effort when the sophomore recorded eight stops in net.
Avery Frangelli paced the Marlin offense with six goals while Megan Schallock added four. Renee Burt and Tori Manahan combined for 11 assists with Jordan Moilanen and Mike Hairston combined in goal for the shutout.
Hollins will continue her Spring Break road swing with a trip to NAIA St. Andrews on Tuesday afternoon.