Guilford vs. Virginia Wesleyan
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:
GREENSBORO, N.C. (4/4/09) – Freshman Chris Ashcraft scored with 3:05 left to give Guilford College a 10-9 men’s lacrosse victory over Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday in the Armfield Athletic Center. The win ended Guilford’s 17-game Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) losing streak that dated to a 9-8 win over Virginia Wesleyan in 2005.

WalshGuilford freshman Ryan Walsh (left) made a career-high 17 saves in goal, including five in the decisive fourth quarter. He had three stops in the final two minutes, including one on Kyle Wright just before the final horn.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-9, 0-3 ODAC) reeled off five unanswered goals late in the second quarter to take a 7-4 halftime lead. Guilford (3-6, 1-2 ODAC) outscored the Marlins, 3-1, in the third quarter behind two goals by David Heltzel.

The Quakers’ Matt Meriwether opened the fourth-quarter scoring with an unassisted goal 1:53 into the period to tie the game at 8-8. Curran Lee scored off a Drew Langis feed 62 seconds later to give the Marlins a 9-8 edge.

Virginia Wesleyan had a great chance to go up 10-8 with just under five minutes left when Damian Becker got the ball and was all alone in front of Walsh. The Quakers’ goalie made a point-blank save, starting a transition that resulted in Daniel Dowd’s game-tying goal with 4:16 remaining. Guilford’s Greg Nash won the ensuing face-off and Ashcraft netted the game-winning goal off the possession.

AshcraftAshcraft (right) led the Quakers with three goals, two in the second half. Dowd and Heltzel both scored twice and Matt Halip added a goal plus two assists. Walsh, Dowd and Andrew Heimsath all picked up five ground balls and Gates Benson caused three turnovers.

Langis paced the Marlins with three goals and an assist. Lee scored twice and Becker finished with a goal and an assist. Eric Anderson won 12-of-19 face-offs and scooped up a game-best 10 ground balls. Goalie John-Paul Novak made six saves in goal, five in the first half.

Guilford hosts nationally ranked Roanoke College Wednesday (4/8) at 3:30 p.m. The Marlins visit Wesley College Wednesday in a 4:00 p.m. nonconference game.