For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Beach, Va. – Junior captain Kara Feidelseit (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left in regulation, lifting the St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 victory over the host Virginia Wesleyan University Marlins.
St. Mary's 4, Virginia Wesleyan 3
How It Happened
- St. Mary's started the scoring early as junior midfielder Mollie Belson (Columbia, Md./Atholton) inserted the ball to senior defender Sophie Michel (Westminster, Md./Westminster) who then passed it over to first-year defender Meghan Ronan (Odenton, Md./Arundel) for the 1-0 lead in the third minute.
- The teams headed into halftime knotted at 1-1 as Lindsy Smarrelli finished off a loose ball at 25:35.
- Junior forward Sydney Cline (Frederick, Md./Linganore) opened the second half strong, scoring the next two goals to give St. Mary's a 3-1 advantage at 55:45. Cline now has a team second-best four goals.
- Julie Fassl and Smarrelli kept the Marlins right in it with back-to-back goals in less than four minutes to once even up the matchup at 60:13.
For the Seahawks (5-5)
- Scorers: Cline (2 goals); Ronan (1 goal, 1 assist); Feidelseit (1 goal); Belson (1 assist); Michel (1 assist); Courtney Mellon (1 assist)
- Goalkeeper: Alyssa Thompson (6 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00)
- St. Mary's posted 21 shots (16 on goal), including 15 in the second half, and five penalty corners.
For Virginia Wesleyan (4-4)
- Scorers: Smarrelli (2 goals); Fassl (1 goal)
- Goalkeeper: Skye Swain (11 saves, 4 goals allowed, 70:00)
- Morgan Lee registered a defensive save for the Marlins.
- VWU collected 14 shots (nine on goal) and seven corners.
- St. Mary's has now won 11 straight over the Marlins and improves to 12-5 all-time against VWU.
- Today's victory is the fifth of the season for the Seahawks and gives them a two-game win streak for the first time this season. In addition, the five wins in 2017 equal the five wins recorded last year during head coach Jessica Lanham's first season at the helm.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Sept. 30 at Frostburg State University (3-5) – Frostburg, Md. – Capital Athletic Conference opener – 1:00 p.m.
- The series is even at 10-10 but but St. Mary's has won the last 10 meetings.
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