Virginia Wesleyan vs. Guilford
March 27, 2010
The Game Story:
VIRGINIA BEACH -- It took 11 seconds for Virginia Wesleyan College to hit the scoreboard in Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's lacrosse game against the Guilford College Quakers.

Sophomore Mike Tibbs (Baltimore, Md./Northeast) scooped up the loose ball on the opening face-off, sprinted toward the goal and fired a quick shot that gave the host Marlins a 1-0 lead with just 11 seconds off the clock.

Sophomore Travis Puls (Ellicott City, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) and junior Russ Kok (Fredericksburg, Va./Bethel Park, Pa.) followed with goals as VWC took control in the first quarter and posted a 17-6 victory on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

Guilford (1-9, 0-2) scored on a shot by Daniel Dowd (Friendship, Md./Southern) with five seconds remaining in the first quarter, but the Quakers did not score again until Dowd came through with a score off a feed from Greg Nash (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter. Virginia Wesleyan (6-3, 1-1) dominated between those goals, scoring 10 times, posting a 6-0 second quarter en route to a 9-1 lead at halftime.

Seniors Tim Homa (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and Shawn Fitchpatrick (Endicott, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) both fired in two goals in the 10-goal run, which included solo scores from juniors Nick Northern (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge), Damian Becker (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) and Kok, sophomores Adam Nycz (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) and Dan Geating (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) and rookie Ethan Wright (Haymarket, Va./Middleburg Notre Dame).

Virginia Wesleyan led 14-3 entering the fourth quarter when both teams scored three goals each.

Junior Cory Brown (Spring Valley, Calif./Monte Vista) and sophomore Brock Waddell (Windsor, Colo./Fossil Ridge) were key in the VWC offense as both players helped the Marlins dominate face-offs for possession. Waddell won 8-of-11 showdowns and Brown won 8-of-12. Virginia Wesleyan won 20-of-28 overall.

The Marlins also finished with a 41-29 advantage in shots and a 47-43 edge in ground balls, the latter led by Tibbs with a career-high 10, tying the sixth highest single-game total in VWC history.

Homa led VWC scoring with four goals and two assists. Kok added three goals and an assist and Becker contributed with a goal and two assists. Dowd led Guilford with four goals.

Virginia Wesleyan used four goalies, starting with sophomore Tyler Keech (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), who recorded nine saves in 45 minutes in front of the net. Senior John-Paul Novak (Centerville, Va./Westfield) took over for a little more than 11 minutes and came up with five saves, before sophomores Alex Maguire (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) and Quinn Magner (Chevy Chase, Md./Blue Ridge, Va.) closed out. Magner recorded one save in the final 1:45.

Guilford goalie Mark Guillen (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) played all 60 minutes for the Quakers and recorded 12 saves.

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, Apr. 7, hosting No. 7 ranked Roanoke College at 1 p.m. in an ODAC contest.