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March 16, 2013

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.


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