Men's Lacrosse Falls to Berry for First Loss of the Season

Photo by Steve Morrison
Photo by Steve Morrison

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 17-7 to Berry College Sunday afternoon at Daffin Park. With the result, the Marlins move to 3-1 on the season while Berry improves to 1-4.

The Marlins got out to a hot start as Cole Maguire netted a goal just 3:18 into the game. Just under a minute later, Jason Thibeault would double the lead courtesy of a Joey Rayman pass. The Vikings answered back though, cashing in a pair of their own a little bit later. The two sides would each tally one more before the first periods end.

Tied 3-3 going into the second quarter, Virginia Wesleyan could not break through the Berry defense. On the otherside, the Vikings piled in three more, earning a 6-3 advantage at the halftime buzzer. Berry used that momentum to outscore the Marlins 5-1 in the third and the lead became too much for the Marlins to make up.

Thibeault and Nathan Sheirburn both finished the day with two goals a-piece. Also chipping in on the scoresheet was Brady Morrison, Andrew Johnson and Maguire who each notched one.

Dante Castillo turned in a solid performance with longpole, scooping up a team-high eight groundballs.

In goal, Kyle Leeming stopped 13 Viking shots though nearly 55 minutes of play. Philip Venanzi would finish the game out.

Men's lacrosse returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team opens up its conference action with an away match at Ferrum.