VIRGINIA BEACH, VA---The Greensboro College Women's Lacrosse team defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon to open the 2014 season. The Pride's stout defense along with Kirstin Norris' five goals propelled the victory.
The Pride got the first three goals of the game for the early 3-0 margin, with 8:49 remaining in the first half. The first goal of the season came from Norris off an assist by Nadya Fedun. Ashlynn Parks then converted on a free position goal four minutes later pushing the lead to 2-0. Norris then scored 24 seconds later making it 3-0.
Virginia Wesleyan found the back the net at 6:20 cutting the lead down to 3-1. However, Norris would get a hat trick off an assist from Fedun with two seconds remaining in the half, taking a 4-1 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, The Pride scored two quick goals pushing the lead out to 6-1. Parks got the first when she scored on a free position shot; then, Norris took a pass from Amira Khatib for the second goal.
The Marlins then found the back of the net, before Norris notched the final goal of the game for Greensboro for a 7-2 lead. Virginia Wesleyan went on to score the final three goals of the game, falling to The Pride 7-5.
"It was a great start to the season, and the girls played well for 60 minutes," Head Coach Rob Bickerstaff said after the game. "The defense played great today, and while there are still plenty of things for us to improve on, this was the start we wanted, and we will only get better from here."
Fedun had a game-high eight groundballs and chipped in with three draw controls. Norris had four draw controls and four groundballs. Alexa Besch joined in with two draw controls and three groundballs on the day. Kaleigh Hemstock picked up the win in goal, making seven saves.
With the win, Greensboro moves to 1-0 overall on the young season. The Pride will return to action on Wednesday, February 26 when they travel to Randolph-Macon. The game is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m.