VIRGINIA BEACH -- A six-minute span in Sunday's men's lacrosse game at the Trinder Center featured the "Moran and Currier Scoring Show."
Senior Mike Moran (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) scored three consecutive goals, all assisted by junior All-American Josh Currier (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Name-Hill Academy), to highlight a four-goal second quarter that helped spark Virginia Wesleyan College's Marlins to a 13-5 non-conference win over the Pride of Greensboro College.
The Moran/Currier connection was part of a seven-goal surge that helped the Marlins (5-3) take control, after Greensboro (3-6) opened the game with consecutive goals for a 2-0 lead. Senior John Roth (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) started the scoring turnaround with an unassisted goal in the first quarter, which closed out with goals from senior Tim Gunn (Sparks, Md./Hereford) and sophomoreEddie Desierio (Floral Park, N.Y./Ontario Hill Academy). Moran and Currier assisted on the latter two goals.
Senior Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) kept things going for the Marlins with the first goal of the second quarter, before Moran and Currier took over. Greensboro's Drew Farrell (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) snapped the VWC run with a goal with 1:18 remaining before halftime, but Virginia Wesleyan led 7-3 at the break.
The teams traded goals to start the third quarter, but VWC put things away with a 5-0 run that stretched into the fourth. Currier scored two goals in the run, Roth added a goal and two assists, and Alden Clapp (Wyoming, Del./Caesar Rodney) and Papetti added a goal each.
Moran and Roth scored three goals each to lead the Marlins, while Currier and Papetti finished with two each. Currier also recorded four assists. Roth added two.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 45-32 advantage in ground balls, led by sophomore Evan Merrill (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and rookie John Bennett (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) with five each. Rookie Duncan Haight (Great Falls/Langley) produced eight face-off wins and sophomore Josh Davis (Salem/Salem) had five in five attempts.
Senior Rory Finnegan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) finished with nine saves in goal for the Marlins.
Greensboro was paced by Blaine Wise (North Palm Beach, Fla./North Palm Beach) with a pair of goals.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, March 28, when the Marlins host the Hornets of Shenandoah University in Old Dominion Athletic Conference competition beginning at 1 p.m.