VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team fell, 16-9, to nationally-ranked Roanoke Saturday afternoon on Birdsong field. With the loss, the Marlins move to 4-11 on the year and 1-7 in conference action. Roanoke improves to 12-4 on the season (7-2 ODAC).
The first half action was a tight-knit battle with both sides going at it. The Maroons struck first with a goal two minutes in, but Virginia Wesleyan answered right back, cashing in two of their own, including a goal by Nick Zepko that caught the goalie sleeping. The two sides would exchange another goal and Roanoke would finish the stanza with three straight, leading 5-3 after one quarter.
the Marlins opened up the second with two goals in the first five minutes to even things back up. Similar to period one, the two times would exchange another goal and Roanoke would finish out the period strong, edging the Marlins by two going into halftime.
The Maroon flood gates began to open a little bit more in the second half, outscoring the Marlins 4-2 in the third and 4-1 in the fourth. VWU played competitively, recording one more shot than the Maroons (45) but were unable to find the back of the net.
In net, Chris McTague played all but 27 seconds (due to penalty) for the home side, turning aside 11 Maroon shots.
Men's lacrosse will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad travels to Washington and Lee for its regular season finale.