Roanoke, VA - The Hollins lacrosse team defended Berkley Field for the final time this season when they played host to Linfield College on yet another cold Tuesday afternoon. Hollins was looking to best the Wildcats in her home finale after playing their last two contests away from Roanoke.
The Wildcats were making the cross-country trip from Oregon to play a trifecta of games in Virginia during their Spring Break. After defeating Sweet Briar, Linfield came to Hollins and wasted little time in seizing control of the matchup. The visitors scored their first goal in the opening minute of play. The Wildcats would add eight unanswered scores to take a 9-0 lead mid-way through the first half. with 12:00 left on the clock, Mara Smith found Madi Szurley in front of the Wildcat goal and the first-year deposited her shot into the back of the net. After two more scores from the road team, Smith sent a pass to Valerie Heflin for Hollins second goal of the first 30 minutes of play. After the break, Hollins found themselves down 12-2 heading into their final half of home lacrosse this season. Once again, Linfield would score in the opening minute and wouldn't allow Hollins a real good scoring chance until late in the game. As the final horn sounded, the Wildcats had made it two in a row on their trip with a 21-2 win over Hollins.
Keeper Delaney Waller came into the game ranked in the top 50 in the country with 62 saves. After making 10 stops, the sophomore looks to move into the top 35 in the nation in saves. With her goal, Szurley took over the team lead while Smith continues to lead the team in assists. Samantha Lehman and Carsen Helms shared the team lead with three caused turnovers. Lehman picked up four ground balls and Szurley had five draw controls.
Gabriella Moe scored five times on her six shots on goal to lead the visitors. Genna Hughes added three scores with two assists, 10 ground balls, and caused five turnovers.
Hollins will begin a four game road swing to wrap up the season. The first stop will be at Averett University on Wednesday the 4th of April at 7:00pm.