Balanced Attack Leads St. Mary's to Win at Virginia Wesleyan

Virginia Beach, Va. Three Seahawks tallied three points each in propelling St. Mary's to their first win of the 2014 campaign Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks posted a dominating 13-4 non-conference win over host Virginia Wesleyan.

Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) and attackers Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) and Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton) each picked up two goals and an assist in today's win while first-year midfielder Ali Moulis (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) also found the back of the net twice.

The Seahawks (1-3) scored two goals in a 29-second span to stake a 2-0 lead at 24:35. Virginia Wesleyan (1-2) got on the scoreboard at 21:54 behind senior attacker Lauren Davis' (Middleburg, Va.) fifth goal of the season. It was all St. Mary's after that as the Seahawk offense reeled off seven unanswered goals and sophomore Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) made five saves for a 9-1 halftime lead.

Davis finished the game with two goals to lead the Marlins on attack while sophomore midfielder Summer Moore (Stevensville, Md.) added a goal and an assist.

Sophomore midfielder Ashley Lawrence (Annapolis, Md./Spalding) made it a nine-goal lead for the Seahawks just 33 seconds into the second half. Virginia Wesleyan converted a pair of free position shots to come within 10-3 at 21:39. Sophomore midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) then notched a goal and an assist in a 3-0 SMCM run for a 13-3 lead at 8:58. Moore scored VWC's last goal at 4:59.

St. Mary's outshot the Marlins, 29-22, and owned an 11-8 margin in draw controls while Virginia Wesleyan edged the Seahawks in the ground ball battle, 36-35. Dunn and sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) led the team in ground balls with five apiece while Newman won five draw controls and Bishop chipped in four.

Dunn finished the afternoon with eight saves while sophomore Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md.) made 12 stops in the Marlins' second loss of the season.

The Seahawks will look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday, March 5th when St. Mary's welcomes Washington College to Seahawk Stadium for a non-conference game at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-01



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