Virginia Wesleyan vs. Goucher
March 15, 2008
The Game Story:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's lacrosse Marlins closed within a 7-6 score in Saturday's non-conference contest with the Gophers of Goucher College with 6:45 remaining, but could not find the offense to take control for the victory on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

Goucher (4-1), which won for the first time in three tries on Foster Field, stepped up the pressure on the Marlins when Dave Duff scored an unassisted goal with 5:30 on the clock to give the Gophers an 8-6 advantage. That score stood up for the win for the team from Maryland.

It was a frustrating finish for Virginia Wesleyan (4-3), as the Marlins dominated time of possession in the third quarter, but could not get the ball past Goucher goalie Austin Main. Main had five saves in the period and finished with 18 overall. Virginia Wesleyan produced one hard shot after another in outstanding scoring situations, but Main repeatedly stepped in front of the ball to prevent the score.

Virginia Wesleyan led 1-0 on a shot by junior Drew Langis (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) in the first quarter, but Goucher scored two goals in the same quarter and tacked on another at the start of the second quarter to open up a 3-1 lead. Langis relayed a pass to senior Brett Morris (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) for a scored that pulled VWC within 3-2 with 9:03 before halftime, but Goucher answered again. Alan Tiet fired in two goals to help the Gophers to a 5-3 at halftime.

An intense third quarter produced some strong defensive play by both teams, but it was Goucher that found ways to get the ball into the net. Brian Hoge scored twice off passes from Sam Fitzpatrick to push the Gophers out to a 7-3 advantage entering the final quarter.

Virginia Wesleyan continued to attack the goal aggressively and saw the effort finally pay off when senior Josh Riley (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) raced downfield with the ball and fired it in on the run from the right to help the Marlins cut the deficit to 7-4 with 12:50 remaining. VWC stayed in control through the next several minutes and cut the deficit to 7-6 after sophomore Shawn Fitchpatrick (Endicott, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) scored consecutive unassisted goals, racing across the mouth of the goal twice for shots that caught Main off guard.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Wednesday, Mar. 19, hosting Brockport State University of New York at 7 p.m.