Big third quarter lifts Roanoke to victory over VWC

Big third quarter lifts Roanoke to victory over VWC

SALEM, Va. -- Josh Currier maintained his position as one of the top scoring rookies in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Saturday, but Roanoke College's Maroons came up with enough offense to post a 17-12 victory at the Donald J. Kerr Stadium.

Roanoke (5-3, 2-0) broke open a close game by outscoring the Marlins 5-1 in the third quarter for a 17-9 lead.  Virginia Wesleyan (4-3, 1-1) played a strong final period, holding the Maroons scoreless, but the Marlins managed only three goals to cut into the Roanoke lead.

Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross-Hill Academy) scored three goals and recorded three assists to lead Virginia Wesleyan scoring. He now leads the Marlins in total points with 32.  Junior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River), the team's leading goal scorer, scored two goals to increase his season total to 18, and sophomore Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) tallied twice to improve his goal total to 13.

Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Terry Fox), the game's leading goaler with five, scored the first goal of the game with 46 seconds played. Virginia Wesleyan came back strong and took its only lead of the contest with consecutive goals by Pappas and Currier.

Roanoke answered with a pair of goals to takea 3-2 lead, but VWC answered quickly with a goal by Moran, off an assist by sophomore Devynn Kelly (Harwood, Md./Southern) to make it a 3-3 game with 3:42 remaining in the first period.

Roanoke reeled off the next six straight goals however, opening up a 9-3 lead with 9:10 remaining in the second period.  Virginia Wesleyan finished strong, scoring five of the next eight goals to make it a 12-8 game at halftime.  Sophomore Tim Gunn (Sparks, Md./Hereford) and Pappas scored two goals each in the run.

The Marlins kept things going in the third, closing within a 12-9 score after Currier opened the period with a goal, but Roanoke dominated the remainder of the quarter.  The Maroons scored five unanswered goals and led 17-9 entering the final period.

Senior Mikey Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) and juniorJames Alvarez (Fairfax/Robinson) helped the Virginia Wesleyan attack in face-offs, each winning the ball eight times.  Connors also produced a game-high 10 ground balls, his season high and a total that ties the seventh highest single-game total in VWC history.

Senior goalie Corey Bauer (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) also recorded a standout game for the Marlins, recording a career-high 22 saves against a Roanoke team that launched 64 shots.  Bauers' total ties the sixth highest single-game total in program history.

Charles Pease (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) recorded eight saves for Roanoke.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, March 30, hosting No. 8-ranked Washington and Lee University in an ODAC match beginning at 1 p.m. on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.