Virginia Wesleyan vs. Mary Washington
February 11, 2012
The Game Story:
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College's men's lacrosse team opened its 2012 season with a thriller on Saturday, but ended up on the short side of the score in a non-conference battle with the Eagles of the University of Mary Washington.

UMW scored the final two goals of the game on Foster Field at the Trinder Center to pull out a 10-9 decision, tripping the Marlins by a goal for the second consecutive season.

Virginia Wesleyan outshot Mary Washington 42-31 overall, but could not find the back of the net in the final two minutes. The Marlins led 9-8 after senior Travis Puls (Ellicott City, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) scored off an assist from Adam Adamson (Marriottsville, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But, Mary Washington came back to tie the game with 4:16 on the clock on a shot by Paul Tunick (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson). The game stayed at 9-9 until Sean Dacey (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) found an opening and fired in what turned out to be the game-winner with 2:11 on the clock.

Virginia Wesleyan scored the first two goals of the game, taking the lead on shots by juniors Ian Shankland (Hampstead, N.C./John T. Hoggard) and Mikey Connors (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads). Shankland scored at the 11:10 mark and Connors with 26 seconds before the close of the quarter.

Momentum turned to UMW however in the beginning of the second quarter, as the Eagles scored four consecutive goals to jump in front 4-2. John Bohlinger (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) led that effort with three straight goals, before Puls stopped the run for VWC with a goal with 2:14 remaining before halftime. UMW took a 4-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Virginia Wesleyan dominated scoring in the third, using two goals by senior Adam Nycz (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) and another from rookie Joe Papetti (Edgewater, Md./South River) to take a 6-5 lead into the fourth quarter.

A Nycz goal opened up a 7-5 lead for the Marlins in the first two minutes of the final quarter. The teams began trading goals, but VWC stayed in front at 8-6 on a Connors goal and 9-8 on a Puls goal, before UWM came back.

Junior Corey Bauer (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) recorded 15 saves for Virginia Wesleyan. Matt Prin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) had 10 for UWM.

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., hosting the Spartans of York College of Pennsylvania. York opened with a 14-7 victory over Randolph-Macon College.