Explosive First Half Leads Marlins to 15-11 Victory over Shenandoah

Explosive First Half Leads Marlins to 15-11 Victory over Shenandoah

Explosive First Half Leads Marlins to 15-11 Victory over Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College men's lacrosse team produced a strong offensive output in the first half, which helped lead to a 15-11 victory over Old Dominion Athletic rival Shenandoah University.

The Marlins opened the scoring off the stick of Josh Currier as he found the back of the net at the 11:04 mark.

Shenandoah netted the equalizer five minutes later off the stick of Stephen LaToma.

With the first stanza coming to a close, Wesleyan produced two goals in eight seconds off the sticks of Currier and Joe Couture for a 3-1 lead.

The Marlins carried the momentum from the end of the first and showcased an offensive display that put them in firm control in the second period. After Shenandoah opened the quarter with a goal, VWC produced six unanswered goals to make the score 9-2, with Currier and John Roth being the catalysts.

The second half proved to be a different game with Shenandoah winning the goal differential battle 8-6, but VWC's strong first half helped them hold on to the victory.

Ryan Schott paced the Hornets (4-8/0-5) with four goals. LaToma scored twice and added two assists.

Currier led the way for the Marlins with a career-high nine-goal effort. Roth finished with three goals and two assists. Duncan Haight also posted a career day, winning 25 of 31 face-offs.

Virginia Wesleyan (8-3/2-2) returns home next Saturday for an ODAC matchup with Roanoke College (9-3/4-0) at 1 p.m. It will be the Marlins' HEADstrong Cancer Awareness Game.