Virginia Wesleyan vs. York
February 20, 2010
The Game Story:
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Curran Lee (Calgary, Alberta/Delta West) fired the ball into the net with 3:01 remaining in overtime Saturday to lift the Virginia Wesleyan College men's lacrosse Marlins to a thrilling 14-13 victory over the Spartans of Pennsylvania's York College on Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

Lee, who scored four goals, tallied the game-winner of a precise pass from junior Nick Northern (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) through a crowd of York defenders.

York (0-2) used a 10-5 scoring advantage over the middle two quarters to take a 12-10 lead into the intense final quarter. After the teams traded goals in the first minute of the quarter, the Marlins began to take control. Rookie Jake Maas (Downingtown, Pa./East) cut the Spartans' lead to a goal when he scored unassisted with 7:34 remaining to be played. Lee tied the game a little more than a minute later on another unassisted goal, and the teams battled evenly to the end of regulation.

Lee's game-winner in OT improved VWC's early season start to 2-0 for the first time since the 2003 season. While Lee led the goal-scoring for the Marlins, sophomore Travis Puls (Ellicott City, Md./Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph) added three goals and sophomore Adam Nycz (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) added two. Juniors Damian Becker (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) and Russ Kok (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), sophomore Jimmy McGinnis (Berywn Heights, Md./Washington D.C. Gonzaga) and Northern scored a goal each for VWC.

Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) fired in six goals for York, Kevin Topper (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) added three, B.J. Blaker (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) scored two and Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) and Adam Cooper (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) had one each.

VWC junior goalie Tyler Keech (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) turned in an outstanding effort, recorded 16 saves. Senior Eric Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) helped the VWC cause with 10 face-off wins and sophomore Mike Tibbs (Baltimore, Md./Northeast) led the Marlins with seven ground balls.

York goalie Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster finished with 12 saves.

VWC returns to competition on Saturday, Feb. 27, playing at Greensboro College at 1 p.m.