Pappas, Currier rank among nation's top five offensively

Pappas, Currier rank among nation's top five offensively

INDIANAPOLIS -- Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team heads into Wednesday's non-conference contest at Ferrum College at 3 p.m. with one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks.

Statistics released today by the NCAA have the Marlins ranked No. 12 in the nation in scoring offernse, averaging 14.71 goals per game, and No. 10 in shot percentage at 0.347 and points per game (23.43). 

While 15 Marlins have scored at least one goal each so far this season, VWC boasts one of the top 1-2 scoring punches in the nation in seniorNick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) and sophomore Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-The Hill Academy), both preseason All-Americans.  The duo is ranked No. 4 and No. 5 nationally in points per game, respectively, with Pappas average 6.57 and Currier 6.43.

Pappas, who also ranks No. 4 in goals per game at 4.29, currently leads the Marlins with 46 points off 30 goals and 16 assists. He has fired in no less than three goals in all seven games played to date and hit a season-high six goals in a 21-7 victory at Shenandoah University.  He also accounted for a season-high five assists and 11 points in that game.

Currier has also recorded 46 points to date, scoring 23 goals and dishing out 23 assists. He has goaled in every game he's played, hitting a season-high six in a 19-10 win over Elizabethtown College.  He came through with a season-high six assists and nine points in a 20-5 win over Washington and Jefferson College.

Both players are on line to rank among the highest scorers to ever play for Virginia Wesleyan.  Pappas currently has scored 103 career goals, the ninth highest total in program history, and Currier has recorded 62 career assists to date, the sixth highest number in program history.

Virginia Wesleyan has scored in double digits in six straight games, tallying 103 goals and 64 assists. The Marlins rank No. 13 nationally in assists per game (8.71), and are No. 9 in ground balls per game (42.43).

Goalie Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) ranks No. 35 in saves per game (13.29) and No. 36 in save percentage (.616). He has protected the goal for 361.5 minutes to date, producing 92 saves and a 9.63 goals against average.