VIRGNIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team pulled out another exciting victory as the squad defeated Shenandoah, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Birdsong Field. With the win, the Marlins improve to 6-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. Shenanodah returns home with an identical record.
With the score tied 9-9 and only a minute left on the clock, the Marlins needed to find the difference maker. Brady Morrision helped with that as the sophomore muscled his way from behind the net before ripping a low hard shot that beat the netminder with just 64 ticks left on the clock. Stout defense would then help the Marlins secure the victory and earn their second conference win.
To get there, the Marlins got on the board first as Jason Thibeault was able to find room between the goalie and his post just two minutes in. Shenandoah would take over the rest of the period though, sinking in three unanswered. Things would even back up in the second period as Morrison and Joey Rayman each cashed in goal while holding their opponents scoreless.
Knotted at 3-3 coming out of the half, Shenandoah went on a run, netting the six of the contest's next seven goals. Undiscouraged, the Marlins pressed on as they looked to rally. Cole Maguire and Thibeault helped start that momentum in the closing moments of the third as they narrowed the score to 9-6. Thomas Potter contributed to the fire that was catching as he scored a man down early in the fourth. Two more Marlin goals would even things up before Morrison finished it with the goal mentioned previously.
Thibeualt would finish the day with five points, accruing three goals and a pair of helpers. Rayman and Morrison would each turn in a pair of goals while Trevor Lalande and Potter rounded out the scoresheet.
In goal Kyle Leeming racked up 14 saves and helped to keep the Hornets scoreless over the last 20 minutes of regulation.
Men's lacrosse returns to action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday as the team hosts Huntingdon College for a non-conference battle underneath the lights.