Big Second Half Carries Knights past VWC

Eddie Desiderio led the Marlins with four goals
Eddie Desiderio led the Marlins with four goals

Big Second Half Carries Knights past VWC

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Southern Virginia University outscored Virginia Wesleyan 14-2 in the second half to defeat the Marlins 19-12 in a non-conference men's lacrosse contest on Wednesday night.

The Marlins came out aggressively and took a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

Eddie Desiderio got the scoring started early with 13:16 on the clock off an assist by Justin Metzger. Desiderio went on to post three more goals in the period to lead the Marlin charge.

Southern Virginia cut the deficit to 6-4, but the Marlins scored four-straight over a two-minute period late in the second quarter to go up 10-4 as four different Marlins found the back of the cage.

The two teams exchanged goals in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter as the Marlins held onto an 11-6 lead. Southern Virginia scored 13 of the final 14 goals in the game to seal the win.

SVU got huge performances from Casey Rich and Shawn Lamb in the second half to win the game. Rich posted four goals while Lamb added four goals and three assists during the comeback. 

Lamb finished with five goals and six assists for Southern Virginia (5-8) while Anthony Good tallied five goals and one assist to go with four goals and two assists by Rich.

Desiderio finished with four goals while Matt Baldwin tallied two goals and two assists to go with two goals and an assist from Joe Couture.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-9/0-4) travels to Guilford College (6-7/1-5) Saturday for a 1 p.m. ODAC contest.