VIRGINIA BEACH -- Lynchburg College's 10th-ranked Hornets led 17-7 Saturday with under six minutes to play when they decided to play some keep away from the host Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins.
The Hornets managed to run off time, but failed to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard on Foster Field at the Trinder Center. An errant Lynchburg pass provided the Marlins with some satisfaction as time ticked away as the loose ball was scooped up by VWC rookie Evan Merrill (West River, Md./Westminster) who raced toward the goal where he found sophomore Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-Hill Academy).
Currier didn't waste much time finding the back of the net as he recorded his fourth goal of the game and a historic point. The goal scored with 2:53 remaining in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest, and regular-season finale for both teams, gave Currier his 96th point of the season. That total ties the ODAC record set by Guilford College's Dave Brown, set in 1992.
While it was a memorable moment for Currier, who entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in points per game, it only slowed Lynchburg's move toward an 18-8 victory before a large crowd on Senior Night for Virginia Wesleyan. The Hornets (13-4) got off to a fast start, scoring the first five goals of the contest, including three by Austin Stewart (Reistertown, Md./Loyola Blakefield). VWC averted a scoreless firs quarter when Currier scored off a pass from senior Nick Pappas (Edgewater, Md./South River) in the final seconds.
Pappas and Currier took turns scoring goals in a two-minute span before halftime, but Lynchburg took a 10-3 lead into the break. Junior Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) and Pappas scored back-to-back goals midway through the third quarter to pull the Marlins within an 11-5 score, but that's as close as it would get the remainder of the game.
Currier topped VWC scoring with four goals and an assist. Pappas added two goals and two assists. Junior Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) produced nine saves for the Marlins in 43+ minutes in front of the goal. Ryan Sullivan (Owings, Md./Northern) finished in front of the net for VWC and recorded six saves.
Stewart led Lynchburg with five goals and goalie Andrew Fawkes (Sterling/Dominion) recorded six saves for the Hornets in 57+ minutes.
Virgina Wesleyan and Lynchburg will meet again on Tuesday, April 29, in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC championship tournament. The game will be played at Lynchburg at a time to be determined. The semifinals and championship will be played at Roanoke College on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.
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2014 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament Schedule
Tuesday, April 29- Quarterfinals
Game 1: #5 Randolph-Macon at #4 Hampden-Sydney – TBA
Game 2: #6 Virginia Wesleyan at #3 Lynchburg – TBA
Saturday, May 3 – Semifinals – Roanoke College
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Roanoke – TBA
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Washington and Lee – TBA
Sunday, May 4 – Semifinals – Roanoke College
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – TBA