Roanoke, VA - The Hollins University lacrosse team was back in action after the campus was closed down last week for Spring Break. Hollins welcomed Lynchburg College, picked fourth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) preseason poll, to Moody Field on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Both teams came into the matchup looking for their first conference victory of the season. In their last game's, Hollins fell to Randolph College while Lynchburg came up just short (13-12) to the defending champs from Washington and Lee.
The visitors from Lynchburg got off to a strong start, netting three goals in the game's first two minutes of play. After seizing control of the matchup, the Hornets didn't let the home team gain any sort of momentum during the first 30 minutes of play. Hollins was awarded four free position shots during the opening frame but each time the Hornet goal keeper was up to the task and at the break, Lynchburg enjoyed a comfortable lead.
After the break, Lynchburg once again gained control and continued to build onto their advantage. In the game's closing seconds, senior Rikki Martinez took possessionof the ball and drove it deep into the Hornets zone. Just before time expired, Martinez sent a shot past the Lynchburg netminder to get Hollins on the board. As the final horn blew, Lynchburg had picked up their first conference win of the season, 21-1.
Martinez added her 10th goal of her final campaign while adding five draw controls. Allie Helmbrecht attempted three shots, controlled a pair of draws, caused a turnover, and picked up a ground ball. Bianca Augustin picked up two ground balls and Emily Lowther recorded five saves.
Alexa Carey led a balanced Lynchburg attack that saw 10 different Hornets score. Carey tallied six scores while Sarah Suter and Kat Francis each scored three times. Caroline Carozza registered eight assists and a trio of keepers combined to record five saves.
Hollins will head out on the road over the weekend when they travel to Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon.