WINCHESTER, Va. -- What's better than one lacrosse player recording a career-high point total?
How about two?
Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins claimed that accomplishment Saturday as senior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) and sophomore Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross-Hill Academy) sparked their team to a 21-7 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the host Hornets of Shenandoah University.
While Pappas tied the third highest point total in VWC history with 10 points on a game-high six goals and four assists, Currier tallied eight points on four goals and four assists. They were part of a balanced offensive effort that produced the 21 goals, which marked VWC's highest goal total since tallying the same total against Randolph College in 2009. The total also tied VWC's fourth highest goal total on the road.
Junior Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional)emerged with five goals and John Roth (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) contributed with two. Eight Marlins scored at least one goal each and five recorded at least one assist.
Shenandoah (4-4, 0-1 ODAC) scored the first goal of the game on a shot by Drew Brooks (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) with 11:06 remaining in the first quarter, but Virginia Wesleyan (4-1, 1-0 ODAC) dominated offensively and defensively after that.
Pappas put the Marlins on the scoreboard with 9:15 on the clock and Moran followed with his first goal just 10 seconds later. Virginia Wesleyan scored four straight goals to lead 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Brooks scored again for Shenandoah to start the second quarter, but Currier came through for the Marlins with a goal 10 seconds later. It was the first of four consecutive goals for VWC, which led 8-2 at halftime.
Virginia Wesleyan broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 8-0 to make it a 16-2 game. Pappas, Moran, and Currier scored two goals each for the Marlins.
The Marlins went on to open a 21-4 lead in the fourth quarter, before Shenandoah scored the final three goals to end the game.
VWC outshot Shenandoah 57-30 and posted a 40-32 advantage in ground balls. The Marlins also won 18 of the 30 face-offs. Rookie Jason Tutchon (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) led VWC with nine ground balls and 11 face-off wins.
Three goalies protected the net for VWC, led by Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell). He recorded 13 saves in 54:28 minutes. Ben Judy (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) recorded 13 saves for SU.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Tuesday, March 18, hosting the Presidents of Pennsylvania's Washington and Jefferson College at 7 p.m. The VWC women will host Alabama's Birmingham-Southern College preceding that game, starting at 4 p.m.