Offense Shines as Men's Lacrosse Cruises to Non-Conference Win

Offense Shines as Men's Lacrosse Cruises to Non-Conference Win

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team defeated Huntingdon College, 14-4, Wednesday evening underneath the lights of Birdsong Field. With the win, the Marlins improve to 7-3 on the season while the Hawk fall to 7-6.

Despite outshooting their opponent 18-4 in the first period, the Marlins only led 1-0 courtesy of a Brady Morrison goal at the 3:01 mark. Huntingdon tied it up early in the second, but it would be a while until the Hawks found the scoresheet again. On the other hand, Virginia Wesleyan put its foot on the gas. The home side would shovel in four more goals before the end of the second period, bringing a 5-1 lead into the halftime intermission.

Coming out of the break, the Marlins continued their onslaught of offense. They would net all six of the third period's goals including a pair from both Joey Rayman and Jason Thibeault. The Hawks got back on the board in the fourth with three, but VWU answered each goal with one of their own.

Rayman finished out the day with six points on four goals and two assists, while Morrison collected five points on one goal and four helpers. Thibeault and Greg Gaetano each claimed a pair of goals while Dante Castillo, Cameron Blanchard, Nick Barnas, Andrew Johnson and Trevor Lalande would all register one.

Nathan Sheirburn continued his impressive season at the faceoff 'X', winning 17 of his 21 attempts. He also aided in the Marlins dominance on 50-50 balls (43-27), scooping up a team-high 15. Gaetano and Castillo helped out in the regard as each came away with five groundballs.

Kyle Leeming played the majority of time in net, stopping 12 of the 15 shots he saw. The final seven minutes would be split by Philip Venanzi and Cory Austin.

Men's lacrosse will return to action again at 3 p.m. on Saturday as the team welcomes Randolph to Virginia Beach.