Middle quarters help lift Virginia Wesleyan to win at Bridgewater

Middle quarters help lift Virginia Wesleyan to win at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins scored eight goals spanning the second and third quarters on Saturday to post a 10-7 victory over the host Eagles of Bridgewater College in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition.

Derrick Daniels (Bear, Del./Delaware Military Academy) scored the opening goal of the game to give Bridgewater a 1-0 lead, but VWC senior Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) tied the game off an assist from Josh Currier (Peterborough, N.J./Holy Name-Hill Academy)to give the Marlins the upperhand for the remainder of the game.

Bridgewater (4-4, 0-1 ODAC) tied the game twice during the first two quarters, but sophomore Andrew Brummitt (Baltimore, Md./Glen Burnie North County), sophomore Eddie Desiderio (Floral Park, N.Y./The Hill Academy, Ontario), and senior John Roth (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) scored consecutive goals for the Marlins to snap a 3-all tie and take the lead for good.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-2, 1-0 ODAC) led 6-4 at halftime and 7-5 after the first four minutes of the third quarter. The Marlins pulled away with another three-goal surge, as Moran, senior Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River), and sophomore Levi Williams-Whitney (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada/Hunting Hills)helped VWC to outscore Bridgewater 3-0 in the last 8:15 of the third quarter to open up a 10-5 lead.

Bridgewater scored back-to-back goals within a minute midway through the fourth quarter, but Virginia Wesleyan ended the rally there to preserve the win.

Six Marlins scored in the game, led by Papetti with four goals and Moran with two. Junior Stephen Soltesz (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) led VWC with four ground balls.  Rookie Duncan Haight (Great Falls/Langley) recorded seven face off wins in 15 attempts. Goalie Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) recorded four saves.

Daniels finished with four goals for Bridgewater.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Wednesday, March 18, taking on Pennsylvania's Messiah College's Falcons (3-3) at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.