Roanoke, VA - The Hollins lacrosse team continued her four game home stretch to start the season. Ferrum College traveled to Roanoke on Thursday afternoon as Hollins looked to get in the win column against a Panther team coming in with a 3-1 record. For the first 20 minutes of play, Hollins stayed close, trailing just 6-4 with 12 minutes left in the first half. However, Ferrum began to gain control and Hollins couldn't keep up as the Panthers pulled away for a 21-7 non-conference victory.
After Ferrum scored to open the game, Allie Helmbrecht scored her first goal of the afternoon to tie the score at 1-1. The Panthers would answer with a pair of goals before Helmbrecht once again got the home team on the board. The two teams would trade goals for the next several minutes but with a two goal lead, 6-4, and 12 minutes until halftime, Ferrum would seize control of the game and begin to pull away. However, Hollins would gain some late momentum in the closing seconds. Helmbrecht was awarded a free position shot with just six seconds on the clock but her shot missed the mark. Hollins secured the possession and Helmbrecht launched a shot that found the back out the net a split second ahead of the horn allowing Hollins to pull to within four at the break, 10-6.
The second half was a much more one-sided affair. Ferrum scored twice in the opening minute of the second stanza to put the game out of reach. Helmbrecht would score to stop the Panthers run but Hollins couldn't sustain any sort of zone time during a second 30 minutes that saw the visitors enjoy a 13-6 shot advantage and outscored their hosts 11-1. As the final horn sounded, Hollins had fallen to 0-2 to start the season.
After scoring five goals in the opener, Helmbrecht found the back of the net seven times giving the sophomore 12 goals on the season. Valerie Heflin picked up three ground balls while causing one turnover. Hope Shaw secured three draw controls while recording a pair of ground balls. Delaney Waller registered nine saves in her second career start in goal.
Kaitlyn Harley led the Ferrum offense with six scores on eight shots. Kiani Mohica and Audrey Ramsey scored four times each with Ramsey handing out an assist. Graceanne Gershner went the distance in net, registering eight saves.
Hollins will be bak in action on Sunday afternoon when they host Greensboro College. Hollins will have their first draw with the Pride at 1:00pm.