BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard women's lacrosse team rebounded from a difficult offensive outing against Averett (March 10) by putting together its third 20-goal game of the season as the Tornados downed visiting N.C. Wesleyan 20-4 on Sunday afternoon at Ives-Lemel Field.
Victoria Hayes led the way for the Brevard (3-6) offensive attack with a game-high seven goals, while Nina Siu added five. The Tornados also received three goals from Hunter Denney and two off the stick of Macaiah Vacchiano, while teammate Shelby Arsenault picked up the win after making one save in goal.
Hayes led the way for Brevard with seven points, followed closely by Siu (six) and Kelly Kearnan (five), who tallied a game-high four assists.
Brevard's offense got on the board early when Hayes scored the game's opening goal 34 seconds in to give the Tornados a 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later Siu provided a 2-0 lead which was quickly followed by a strike from Denney that extended the margin to three.
Hayes netted back-to-back goals to give Brevard a 5-0 advantage by the 24:12 mark. The Tornados' offensive attack was unrelenting as Macaiah Vacchiano and Kearnan stretched the lead to 7-0 inside the first nine minutes of the game.
Two goals off the stick of Siu along with a strike by Denney allowed Brevard to grab a 10-0 lead with 14:46 remaining. Hayes found the back of net for her fourth goal of the game as the Tornados owned an 11-0 advantage just over two minutes later.
N.C. Wesleyan (0-8) found a crease in the Tornados' defense when Samantha Valeros found Alexandra Cucinotta for the only Bishop goal of the first half with 10:21 remaining. Hayes closed out scoring in the frame with an unassisted goal with five minutes left.
The Tornados added to their 12-1 lead at the intermission with Jezika Gunter's only goal of the day at the 27:55 mark. N.C. Wesleyan scored two of the next three goals of the contest, following shots on goal by Michaela Nicholas and Cucinotta, to make for a 14-3 Brevard lead.
Denney and Hayes pushed lead to 13 goals with a series of unassisted goals before Nicholas tallied the final score of the afternoon for the Bishops on a pass from Valeros with 12:02 remaining.
Brevard closed the game with four goals over the final 10:31 of the contest. The first came from Siu, who closed her day by recording five goals in seven attempts. Kaylee McRae added the 18th goal of the afternoon, her third of the season with 5:25 remaining.
Hayes drove home her final goal of the game just over a minute later as she finished with a game-high 10 shots on goal. Vacchiano netted the final goal at the 2:44 mark on a pass from Kearnan.
The Tornados complete their five-game homestand on Saturday, March 17, when they host LaGrange at 4 p.m. at Ives-Lemel Field.