February 25, 2011

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Cannon Leads WAC Over Va. Wesleyan

from press release

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Senior attacker Sarah Cannon (Baltimore, MD/Notre Dame Prep) scored a career-high four goals, matched her career high of six points, and surpassed 100 career points to lead the host Washington College women's lacrosse team to a 16-12 season-opening victory over visiting Virginia Wesleyan (1-1) tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

The score was tied at 4-4 with under 11 minutes left in the first half before the Shorewomen ended the period with four unanswered goals. Freshman midfielderCarly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) scored the final three goals of the half to give the Shorewomen the four-goal cushion.

The Marlins reeled off the first four goals of the second half to even the score at 8-8 on a free-position shot by Natalie Belva with 25:07 remaining. Washington scored the next four goals to pull back in front, 12-8, on a goal by sophomore attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) with 14:13 remaining. Virginia Wesleyan mounted another rally, scoring the next three goals to close the margin to 12-11 on a goal by Nikki Salyers off an assist from Courtney Williams with 12:06 to go.

Cannon stopped the Marlins' last run with an unassisted goal with 10:57 to play, giving her 100 points for her career. That goal was the first of four in a row for the Shorewomen as Cannon capped off the run with a goal with 3:12 to go to give her 101 career points.

In addition to Cannon's four-goal, two-assist performance, Eisenbrandt and junior midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll) each scored a career-best four goals. Ziccardi added two goals and two assists, while junior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School)and junior midfielder/defender Ann Eickelberg (Amityville, NY/St. John the Baptist) each scored one goal for the Shorewomen.

Williams led Virginia Wesleyan with four goals, one assist, and a game-high three caused turnovers. Belva had two goals, two assists, and a game-high five draw controls. Tara Harding scored two goals and assisted on another for the Marlins, while Salyers had two goals of her own. Rachel Grattonscored one goal, while Mari Carmichael had one assist.

Sophomore goalie Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg Academy [PA]) made seven saves in the win for Washington,while Brittany MacKnew made 11 for Virginia Wesleyan. The Shorewomen enjoyed a 30-22 advantage in shots in the game. Virginia Wesleyan controlled 18 of the game's 30 draws, but turned the ball over 22 times and was just 8-for-15 on clears. Washington committed 13 turnovers and was 15-for-20 on clears.

The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. home game against St. Mary's.


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