Buena Vista, VA -Tuesday afternoon marked the final of five, non-conference, road games to start the 2016 lacrosse season. Hollins traveled to face Southern Virginia just two days ahead of the start of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schedule.
After posting her highest goal output of the season on Saturday, 12 goals at Notre Dame, Hollins looked to build on thier momentum against the Knights. However, the home team jumped out to an early advantage by connecting on three shots during a two and a half minute stretch. Leading scorer Allie Helmbrecht added to her scoring total to cut the lead to 3-1 with 20:00 left to go in the first half. Southern Virginia went back to work on the offensive end of the field and after closing the half on a 4-1 run, it was the host team with the lead at the break, 11-4. The Knights quickly added to their advantage in the opening minutes of the second frame before Hollins began to answer. Three straight goals late in the matchup allowed the visitors from Roanoke to cut into the deficit but as the horn sounded, Hollins had fallen on the road, 18-9.
Helmbrecht came into the game in a tie for second in the ODAC after registering 15 tallies in the previous two games and the first-year added five goals on 12 shots. Rikki Martinez recorded two goals and accounted for Hollins lone caused turnover. Junior Rachel Hertzler enjoyed a perfect shooting afternoon by netting two goals on a pair of attempts. Keeper Emily Lowther recorded 16 saves while picking up a team high four ground balls.
Rainey Whitworth led Southern Virginia with five goals, one assist, eight ground balls, and six draw controls. Claire Houghtailing and Zoe Bradshaw each netted four goals with Bradshaw handing out a pair of assists. Rachel Miller picked up the win in net by stopping four of the 13 Hollins shots on goal.
Hollins will open conference play when they host cross-town rival Roanoke College on Thursday afternoon. The game with the Maroons is scheduled to draw at 4:00pm.