Career-high marks for Currier, Alvarez in win at Ferrum
DANVILLE, Va. -- A streak of six consecutive goals scored between the second and third quarters Tuesday catapulted Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team to a 15-8 non-conference victory over the host Panthers of Ferrum College.
Early gols by junior Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional), sophomore Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-Hill Academy), and rookie Andre Brummitt (Baltimore, Md./Glen Burnie North County) produced a 3-0 lead for the Marlins, who still led 4-3 entering the second quarter.
The Marlins (7-3) pulled away for good by outscoring the Panthers 5-0 in the second quarter and making it a six-goal run when senior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) scored off an assist from junior Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) just 35 seconds into the third quarter.
Ferrum (6-9) rallied briefly with a string of three goals to cut the lead to 12-7 with 12:50 remaining in the final quarter, but it never got any closer. Currier stopped the streak with a goal at the 8:01 mark and VWC outscored Ferrum 3-1 the rest of the way to wrap up the win.
Currier recorded a career-high six goals, matching the high he set earlier this season with six goals against Elizabethtown College. He has increased his season goal total to 37, tying the second highest output by a VWC sophomore. It was done previously by Scott Chandler in 1997. Dan Casey holds the sophomore record of 44 set in 1992.
Moran finished with three goals, marking his eighth straight game with two more more goals scored. He tallied a season-high five goals in a victory at Shenandoah University earlier. Papetti and Brummitt finished with two goals each.
Senior James Alvarez (Fairfax/Robinson) contributed to the win in a big way, helping provide possession of the ball for the Marlins by winning face-off battles. He came up as the winner 18 times in 24 attempts and also picked up a career-high 11 ground balls, the latter tying the sixth highest single-game total in VWC history.
Ferrum finished with a 44-35 advantage in shots, but could not get many past junior goalie Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell). He made 20 stops, his second highest total as a Marlin goalie, coming up big in the third quarter with seven saves against 10 Ferrum attempts.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to Old Dominion Athletic Conference competition on Saturday, April 12, when the Marlins host the Quakers of Guilford College at 1 p.m.