Pappas scores five goals as Marlins roll past Shenandoah
VIRGINIA BEACH -- There wasn't any hospitable welcome into the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for Shenandoah University's Hornets Saturday in a men's lacrosse game at Virginia Wesleyan College.
The host Marlins shutout the Hornets 4-0 in the first period and rolled on to a 17-3 victory in the conference opener for both teams. It was also Shenandoah's first men's lacrosse game in the league.
Sophomore Devynn Kelly (Harwood, Md./Southern) scored twice in the first quarter to help Virginia Wesleyan (4-2, 1-0) set the pace of the game. Goals by sophomore Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) and junior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) extended VWC's lead to 6-0 before Shenandoah (5-2, 0-1) hit the scoreboard.
The Hornets notched back-to-back goals by Matt Justice (Elkridge, Md./DeMatha) and Bryan Pope (Allentown, N.J./Allentown), but saw Virginia Wesleyan come back strong. The Marlins tallied four goals to close the half, two by Pappas, as VWC opened up a 10-2 lead at the break.
Virginia Wesleyan never let up after that, outscoring Shenandoah 7-1 in the second half to post the lop-sided win.
A balanced Virginia Wesleyan offense was sparked by a dominant effort in face-offs, as the Marlins won 17 of 24 overall, including 10 by sophomore Sam Limpert (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney). The Marlins finished with a 48-39 advantage in shot, and a 59-34 difference in ground balls. Limpert picked up six grounders and senior Corey Bauer (Lititiz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic), rookie Ruben Pena (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) and Papetti added five each for the Marlins.
Pappas and rookie Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross-Hill Academy) scored seven points each for the Marlins. Pappas led in goals with five and Currier added three goals and four assists. Senior Mikey Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) also recorded three goals and sophomore John Roth (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) had one. Senior Spencer McCready (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) and Pappas recorded two goals each and James Lindsay (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) and Joe Zirpolo (Suffolk/Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) had one each.
Nick Rondeau (Suffolk/King's Fork) scored a goal for SU and Colin Fowler (Haymarket/Battlefield) recorded an assist.
Shenandoah starting gooalie Tyler Quinn (McLean/Husson) finished with 15 saves. Bauer recorded 10 for the Marlins in 52 minutes, before sophomore Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) finished the game and recorded three saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 23, playing an ODAC contest at Roanoke College at 2 p.m.