VIRGINIA BEACH -- A 7-1 scoring surge in the second quarter catapulted Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team to a 13-5 halftime lead and a 20-5 non-conference victory over the Presidents of Washington and Jefferson College.
In a game played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex turf field due to the soggy field conditions at VWC's Trinder Center, the Marlins scored the first three goals of the game and never relinquished control en route to improving their record to 5-1. That is the best start for VWC since 2007.
Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) scored two goals and Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) added another, all three assisted by Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-Hill Academy), as VWC established its early lead.
The Marlins led 5-2 entering the second quarter, but Washington and Jefferson (4-4) pulled with a 6-4 score on goals by JJ Maloney (Bethel Park/Bethel Park) and Max Kroll (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic). That's as close as it would get though, as Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) scored off an assist from Devynn Kelly (Harwood, Md./Southern), sparking the 7-1 scoring run that carried VWC to the 13-5 lead at the break. Five Marlins scored, led by Tim Gunn (Sparks, Md./Hereford) and Moran with two goals each.
Virginia Wesleyan complemented its balanced first-half offense with a solid defensive effort in the second half, holding the Presidents scoreless. While Virginia Wesleyan got off 21 shots in the final two quarters, Washington and Jefferson was limited to just six.
Currier and Pappas, two of the nation's leading scorers, added to their point totals with outstanding games. Currier produced three goals and tied the second highest single-game total in VWC history in assists with a career-high six. It marked the highest assist production by a Marlin since 2008 when Maicin Dunk recorded six against New York's Brockport State University. Pappas added to the VWC's totals with four goals and one assists.
Moran also enjoyed a standout day, finishing with four goals and an assist, and Gunn recorded three goals.James Alvarez (Fairfax/Robinson) helped to spark all of the offense, winning 18-of-26 face-off battles and leading the Marlins with 12 grounds balls.
Five different Presidents scored a goal each for W&J.
The Marlins return to competition on Saturday, March 22, hosting Roanoke College at 1 p.m. in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener at the Trinder Center.