Currier's Player of the Year award highlights VWC's All-ODAC honors

Currier's Player of the Year award highlights VWC's All-ODAC honors

FOREST, Va. -- Josh Currier not only broke the single-season scoring record in the highly touted Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), he also became the first player in the history of the league to score 100 points.

That accomplishment, and consistent scoring and leadership throughout the season, have earned the ODAC Player of the Year for the Virginia Wesleyan College standout.  Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-Hill Academy), who was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2013, is the first Marlin to receive Player of the Year honors.

Currier took the league's major award and was also named to the All-ODAC first team, along with senior teammate Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River), both for the second straight year.  Junior Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway) picked up his first All-ODAC honor as he was named to the third team.

Virginia Wesleyan put together an offense that finished among the best in program history, producing the third highest total of goals (210), assists (132), and points (342).  Currier, Pappas, and Moran provided an impressive 1-2-3 scoring punch that helped carry the Marlins to the big numbers.

Currier, currently tied with Pappas at No. 7 in the nation in goals per game (3.53), scored a goal in every game and recorded an assists in 15 games.  The ODAC leader in goals per game, assists per game, and points per game, Currier hit for a career-high six goals twice and recorded six assists one. Currier finished the season with 46 assists, breaking VWC's former record of 43 set by Maicin Dunk in 2008.  His 85 career assists already rank No. 4 among the top total in VWC history. 

Ranked No. 2 in points per game (6.33) nationally, Currier has scored 174 career points, the fourth highest total in program history. That total was spurred by a career-high 54 goals this season, the third highest total in program history. He also scooped up a career-high 51 ground balls.

Pappas capped his four-year career with his best season ever, scoring 55 goals and 30 goals for 85 points. He also picked up a career-high 52 ground balls. Pappas, who tied Currier for the ODAC lead in goals per game, and finished third in assists per game and second in points per game, scored goals in 15 of 16 games, recording a career-high six twice. His best outing was against Shenandoah University where he finished with six goals, five assists, and 11 points, all season highs.

Currently ranked No. 7 nationally in points per game (5.47), Pappas finished his career with 192 points, the third highest total in program history.  His 55 goals this season, the fourth highest total ever for VWC, helped him to a career total of 130, tying Brett Morris (2005-08) for the second highest total in program history.

Moran has one more season in front of him to add to his career totals, which received a boost this season with his best scoring effort ever. He finished with a career-high 37 goals and 89 points, and also picked up a career-best 33 ground balls. Moran, ranked seventh in the ODAC in goals per game, scored goals in 13 of 16 games, hitting a career-high five against Shenandoah University.

Virginia Wesleyan finished the season with a 9-7 record, marking the fifth straight winning season for the program, and eighth in the past nine years.

2014 ALL-ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Josh Currier, So., A, Virginia Wesleyan
ODAC Coach of the Year: Bill Pilat, Roanoke
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kevin Jackson, Fr., A, Roanoke
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Cameron Dabir, Jr., A, Washington and Lee

All-ODAC First Team
Attack
Jason Andrews Sr. Randolph-Macon
Josh Currier So. Virginia Wesleyan
Aaron Murphy So. Lynchburg
Nick Pappas Sr. Virginia Wesleyan
 
 
 
Midfield
Campbell Armstrong Sr. Lynchburg
Thomas Armstrong Jr. Hampden-Sydney
Joe Wood Sr. Washington and Lee
 
 
 
Long Stick
Ned Bowden Sr. Hampden-Sydney
 
 
 
Short Stick
Jared Mitchell Sr. Washington and Lee
 
 
 
Defense
Colin Fraser Jr. Washington and Lee
Jon Gill Sr. Lynchburg
Michael Packo Sr. Roanoke
Thomas Passenant Jr. Hampden-Sydney
 
 
 
Goalkeeper
Charles Pease Sr. Roanoke
 
 
 
All-ODAC Second Team
Attack
Adam Fiore So. Guilford
Kevin Jackson Fr. Roanoke
Cam Lewis Jr. Washington and Lee
Tyler McWilliams So. Roanoke
 
 
 
Midfield
Justin Butler Sr. Randolph-Macon
Joey Dishaw So. Roanoke
Garrett Paglia Jr. Washington and Lee
 
 
 
Long Stick
Jeff Dube Sr. Roanoke
 
 
 
Short Stick
Nick Benhoff So. Randolph-Macon
 
 
 
Defense
Buck Armstrong So. Washington and Lee
Tommy Kestermann Sr. Lynchburg
Conor O'Toole Jr. Washington and Lee
Wes Pancoast Jr. Roanoke
 
 
 
Goalkeeper
David Noftsinger Jr. Hampden-Sydney
 
 
 
All-ODAC Third Team
Attack
Cameron Dabir Jr. Washington and Lee
James Hughes Jr. Hampden-Sydney
Mike Moran Jr. Virginia Wesleyan
Austin Stewart So. Lynchburg
 
 
 
Midfield
Rob Arnold Sr. Lynchburg
Jake Koferl So. Hampden-Sydney
Colton Wood Sr. Randolph
 
 
 
Long Stick
Rufus Terry Fr. Guilford
 
 
 
Short Stick
Chris Hower Jr. Lynchburg
 
 
 
Defense
Casey Bendall Jr. Hampden-Sydney
Matt DeBiasse So. Randolph-Macon
Matt Dunbar Jr. Guilford
Troy Grogan Jr. Roanoke
 
 
 
Goalkeeper
Thomas Deane Jr. Guilford