Roanoke Outlasts Virginia Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Roanoke held off five-straight Virginia Wesleyan goals midway through the second half to win, 12-10 Foster Field Saturday afternoon. The Maroons improved to 6-5 overall, 4-1 in the ODAC. The Marlins dropped to 4-8, 3-2 in conference play.

The Maroons, over .500 for the first time this season, now have sole possession of second in the latest ODAC standings. Roanoke now owns a 13-4 series advantage against VWC, including the last six-straight.

Roanoke outshot Virginia Wesleyan, 25-19, with a season-best 17 draw controls. The Maroons are 7 of 7 in clear attempts. The Marlins won the groundball battle, 28-22.

Both teams traded the first six goals in the first 20 minutes of play before Roanoke reeled off five-straight goals to make it, 8-3 with 28:47 left in the second half.

The Marilins scored two goals to cut the Maroons lead to within three. But Gina Valles scored, followed by Carolyn Miller with back-to-back goals to extend their lead to 11-5 with 22:38 remaining.

Virginia Wesleyan battled back, scoring four-straight goals over the next 17 minutes to make it, 11-9 at the 5:44 mark. Meegan Rourke's goal ended a Marlin comeback, sealing the Roanoke victory.

Valles led Roanoke with eight points, including three goals and a career-best five assists. Miller paced the Maroons with four goals, followed by Paige Mason with a goal and two assists. She added a season-best draw controls and four groundballs. Cristen Sanfilippo dished out two assists with three assists and two draw controls.

Courtney Williams had a game-best five goals for VWC. Laura Norris scored three goals along with an assist, four groundballs and three draw controls. Brittany MacKnew and Tara Harding collected a team-high five groundballs for the Marlins. MacKnew had nine saves in goal, followed by Michelle Mace with one save.

Cristina Schicilone earned her third win of the season (3-1), as her and Laura Zdziarski finished with one save.

Roanoke will travel to nearby Hollins in ODAC action on Monday, April 12. The Maroons have won 29-straight, including nine-consecutive games with 20 goals or more against Hollins since 2001. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.


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