Pappas, Nycz help spark Virginia Wesleyan to win at Christopher Newport
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team scored the first two goals in Wednesday's non-conference battle at Christopher Newport University and never trailed en route to an 11-6 victory.
The win was VWC's third straight against CNU and fifth in the six-game series that started in 2007.
Travis Puls (Ellicott City, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) and Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) scored the first two goals for the Marlins (7-4) in the first five minutes of the opening quarter. But, CNU came back behind Billy Crist (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and Kyle Pasta (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) to answer with two to tie the score.
Virginia Wesleyan regained the lead with 27 seconds remaining in the quarter when Andrew Adamson (Marriottsville, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) scored off a free from Mike Tibbs (Baltimore, Md./Pasadena Northeast). It was the first of four consecutive goals by the Marlins, who opened up a 6-2 lead in the third quarter.
CNU pulled within three goals twice in the third quarter, only to see Virginia Wesleyan come up with answering goals to continue to stay several steps ahead. Pappas scored a goal for the Marlins with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter and VWC tacked on two goals byAdam Nycz (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) and another by Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) to open up an 11-5 lead with 2:49 remaining to be played.
Pappas led VWC scoring with four goals, and Adamson, Nycz, and Puls added two each. Nycz also recorded a trio of assists. Brian Dressler (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) led the Marlins with seven ground balls and Mikey Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) topped efforts in face offs, winning 6-of-14. Corey Bauer (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) added to the cause by recording nine saves in goal.
Pasta led CNU with three goals and Teddy Pekalski (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricksen) emerged with an 11-of-19 showing in face offs. Goalie Andy McGregor finished with 10 saves.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, April 7, at Ferrum College at 1 p.m.