Early Lead Fails To Hold In Men's Lax Conference Opener

Photo by Steven Morrison
Photo by Steven Morrison

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team dropped its home contest to Guilford, 14-9, on Saturday. With the loss, the squad moves to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Guilford improves to 5-2 on the season (1-0 ODAC).

The first period was played extremely tight between the two sides. Guilford got on the board first, scoring just 59 seconds in, but VWU answered with two goals of their own, including one on the man-up from Tyler Conn. Before the end of the period both the Quakers and the Marlins would pile in two more, giving the home side a goal advantage after the first stanza.

Over the enxt two periods, Guilford's offense was able to put some things together, outscoring the Marlins 10-4. The final quarter saw just one goal from each side as the Marlins took their first conference loss.

Nick Zepko had career day as he recorded six goals. VWU's other three goals came by way of Conn, Cole Maguire and Joe Couture.

As a team, the Marlins won the turnover battle, only relinquishing possession 11 times to the Quakers 21. Conn and Dante Castillo played a major part in that, combining to cause five.

Chris McTague got the start in goal for Virginia Wesleyan, saving four shots through the first 35:58. Cory Austin then came in to finish out the game, notching a career-high six saves and only allowing two goals.

Men's lacrosse will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad squares off against Randolph on the road.