Pappas scores seven goals as Marlins slip past Guilford
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's mens lacrosse team scored the first five goals of the game Saturday against host Guilford College and never trailed in posting a 13-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the Quakers.
Junior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) matched a career-high with seven goals to lead the Marlins, who received three goals and two assists from rookie Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross-Hill Academy). Pappas leads VWC with 48 goals, the fifth highest single-season total in program history, and Currier has recorded 34 goals, 35 assists and 69 points, all VWC rookie records. He is one point shy of tying VWC's record for most points in a season.
Currier scored the first goal of Saturday's game and Pappas followed with four in a row as the Marlins (9-6, 5-4) built a 5-0 lead. Guilford (8-8, 3-6) came back to pull within a 7-3 score by halftime and kept things rolling in the third quarter, outscoring VWC 5-2 to cut the Marlins' lead to 9-8.
Adam Fiore (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) scored with 14:22 remaining to tie the score at 9-all, but the Quakers were never able to pull ahead. Mikey Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) and Fiore traded goals to make it a 10-10 game, before VWC took control for the remainder of the game. The Marlins scored three unanswered goals in the final 9:07 to pull away, with Pappas scoring twice and Currier adding one.
Senior goalie Corey Bauer (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) came up big again for the Marlins, recording 15 saves against a Guilford team that outshot VWC 43-42. Thomas Deane (St. Louis, Mo./Ladue) also had 15 saves for Guilford.
Tayor Teodosio (Ellicott City, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), Chase Clausen (Portland, Ore./Lake Oswego) and Fiore led Guilford with two goals each.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 36-34 advantage in ground balls and a 17-10 edge in face-off wins.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Apirl 30 in the ODAC tournament quarterfinals. An opponent and site are still to be named.