St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse Stymies Virginia Wesleyan’s Rally for Win
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team held on Saturday afternoon for a 10-8 non-conference victory over the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins as senior captain Amelia Tenberg (Manchester, Md./Hereford) and first-year midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) each notched a hat trick for the Seahawks.
Tenberg and Newman finished the game with four points apiece while this was Newman's second consecutive contest with a hat trick. Newman contributed as well with a game-high nine ground balls while senior captain Lauren Gray (Edgewater, Md./South River) grabbed a game-best five draw controls and sophomore defender Paige Decker (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) chipped in three caused turnovers and five loose ball pickups.
The Seahawks (2-2) struck first at 26:09 but Virginia Wesleyan (1-2) responded just 27 seconds later. St. Mary's then used a 4-1 run to stake a 5-2 lead at 16:26 as Tenberg and first-year midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) each scored twice in the run. The Marlins answered back with a 3-1 run of their own to close the gap to 6-5 at 3:19.
Newman gave the Seahawks a 7-5 halftime advantage as she converted on a free position shot for her first goal of the day with 1:12 left in the first half.
Senior midfielder Taylor Harding (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) paced Virginia Wesleyan with four goals while senior captain Nikki Salyers (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added two goals and an assist and sophomore defender Kelly Jacobson (Nokesville, Va./Brentsville) chipped in four ground balls.
Newman initiated a 3-0 run at the start of the second half, scoring twice in the run, to give St. Mary's its biggest lead of the game, 10-5 at 12:58. The Marlins then rattled off three straight, including a pair from Harding, to pull within two with seven minutes remaining in regulation.
Defense came into play for both teams in the final seven minutes as 10 combined turnovers were committed. Seahawk goalie Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) denied Jacobson's free position shot at 5:59 while first-year Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) turned away back-to-back Seahawk shots at 3:12.
DiMenna finished with five saves and two ground balls in the win while Carroll collected 15 stops for the Marlins and three ground balls.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Tuesday, March 5 when the Seahawks travel to Chestertown, Maryland to face Washington College in non-conference action at 4:00 pm.
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