NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team fell, 14-7, to No. 15 Christopher Newport University Tuesday evening on the road. With the result, the Marlins move to 5-3 on the season while the Captains move to 7-3.
Knowing they were up against one of the nation's top teams, the Marlins opened up with a flurry of offense. Dante Castillo struck first with a diving goal coming in the first minute. Virginia Wesleyan then doubled up its lead three minutes later as Trevor Lalande beat the Captain goalkeeper. CNU answered back though and the two sides would go into the first break tied 2-2.
The Captains would take their first lead of the game at the 13 minute mark of the second, but it would only last 30 seconds as Nathan Sheirburn muscled his way into the slot and finished a shot to knot things back up. The Captains took over after that, scoring the contest's next five goals. Joey Rayman would net one before the final whistle, but the Marlins would head into halftime down 8-4.
Virginia Wesleyan made a good attempt to get back into the game as Jason Thibeault cashed in two goals early in the third period. The offensive push was unable to hold though and the Captains would end up with the victory.
Despite the loss, the Marlins split the faceoff wins, winning 12 of the 25 taken. Sheirburn played a large role in that, which led to his team-high 11 groundballs.
In net, Kyle Leeming turned in a solid performance as he stopped 13 Captain shots.
Men's lacrosse will return to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday as the team hosts Shenandoah for a bit of ODAC action.