St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior captain Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) netted a double hat trick in leading the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team to an 18-12 non-conference win over Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday afternoon. Today was the home- and season-opener for the Seahawks.
Along with her six goals, Poffenberger added two assists as well as four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) made quite the impression in her first game as a Seahawk, notching four goals and two helpers plus two groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Virginia Wesleyan (0-1) struck first as sophomore midfielder Taylor Simon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) tallied an unassisted goal at 28:39. The Seahawks responded with seven unanswered goals to stake a 7-1 lead at 15:27. Poffenberger scored her first hat trick in the 7-0 run while junior midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) added a pair.
The Marlins would go on to close out the half on a 4-1 run to pull within 8-5 at halftime. Poffenberger and Newman led St. Mary's at intermission with three goals each while senior midfielder Brooke Cabeceiras (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester) paced VWC with the last two goals of the half.
Virginia Wesleyan once again scored first to begin the second stanza but the Seahawks responded with five straight to gain a 13-6 advantage at 13:26. The Marlins rallied to collect four of the next five goals to close the gap to four with 9:41 remaining in the game. St. Mary's regained its composure and finished out the contest on a 4-2 run to seal the season-opening victory.
Newman finished the afternoon with three goals, three assists, four draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers while senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) recorded a hat trick as well.
The Seahawks (1-0) outshot VWC, 31-26, and posted a 26-21 edge in groundballs. Virginia Wesleyan controlled the draw controls, 17-13, as first-year midfielder Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago) grabbed eight. Schallock finished as the Marlins' leading scorer as well with five goals and an assist.
Junior captain Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) made seven stops and scooped up three groundballs in the win while junior Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) picked up 11 saves for Virginia Wesleyan.
St. Mary's returns to action on Tuesday, February 17th as the Seahawks host the Scotland National Women's Lacrosse Team in an exhibition game at 3:00 p.m.
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