Currier becomes VWC all-time leader in points in win over Randolph

Currier becomes VWC all-time leader in points in win over Randolph

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Josh Currier helped take care of business on Foster Field on Wednesday for the Virginia Wesleyan College men's lacrosse team and in the process took care of a long-standing Marlin record.

Currier, a junior from Peterborough, Ontario (Holy Name-Hill Academy), scored four goals to lead the Marlins to a 16-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the Randolph College WildCats.  His four points scored increased his career total to 218 points, establishing him as VWC's all-time leader in points scored.  Currier erased the former record of 215 points set by Tom Lews from 1995 through 1998.

Randolph (4-9, 0-7) scored the first two goals of the game at the Trinder Center, before sophomore Levi Whitney-Williams (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada/Hunting Hills) and senior Tim Gunn (Sparks, Md./Hereford) tallied a goal each to create a 2-all tie. Currier followed with his first goal to give the Marlins (8-4, 5-1) their first lead with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Shane Soghomonian (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) scored for Randolph to tie the game early in the second quarter, but it did last long as Currier scored the next two goals to give Virginia Wesleyan a lead it would not lose the rest of the way.  An aggressive Randolph attack kept the 'Cats within two goals in the quarter, before the Marlins pulled away with four straight goals in the final 3:22.  Seniors Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) and Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) scored one each and senior John Roth (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) hit back-to-back scores to give VWC a 12-6 lead at halftime.

An aggressive Randolph attack produced several threatening shots in the second half, only to seem them stopped by the impressive play of VWC senior goalie Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell).  He finished with 15 saves, recording 11 in the second half, including seven in the fourth quarter.  It was Finnegan's eighth game of the season in double-figure saves and third in a row.

VWC's efforts also received a boost from the face-off play of rookie Duncan Haight (Great Falls/Langley).  His midfield battles to take possession of the ball results in a career-high 17 face-off wins.

Andrew Gleitz (Plymouth, Ind. / Culver Military Academy), Graham Southwick (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek), and Ryan Campbell (Lynchburg/Jefferson Forest) led Randolph with a pair of goals each. Cam Davis (Gibsonville, N.C./Western Alamance) finished with 10 saves.

VWC continues competition on Saturday, April 18, playing in ODAC action at Guilford College beginning at 1 p.m.