VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team fell, 12-8, to Eastern university in the home opener Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Marlins move to 2-2 on the year while Eastern goes to 1-3.
The Marlins found themselves down in a hole quick as the Eagles scored five unanswered to open up the game. Joe Couture halted the runn as Matt Baldwin found him cutting in front of the net for the Marlins' first goal. The home side scored again right before the whistle as Nick Zepko took advantage of a man-up situation. In the second quarter, the two sides tried two goals apiece, including another man-up goal for VWU, this time by Tyler Conn.
Coming out of the locker room, things looked grim as Eastern scored the first goal of the second to push the Eagle lead to 8-4. The Marlins did no falter though, scoring four unanswered over a seven-minute span to tie the game up at 8-8. Unfortunately, a VWU penalty at the 11 minute mark in the fourth allowed the Eagles to score on the penalty and the marlins weren't able to recover.
Seven different players scored for the Marlins, including two from Zepkos.
Chris McTague had a solid day between the pipes for Virginia Wesleyan as he turned aside a career-high 20 shots.
Men's lacrosse will do a quick turn around as it squares off against Alma College at 1 p.m. on Sunday at home.