Fourth Quarter Run Drops Men's Lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan 12-9

Ryan McNamara

The Pride men's lacrosse team (0-4 overall) battled Virginia Wesleyan (0-2 overall) to a 8-8 tie heading into the final period but were outscored 4-1 in the fourth in a 12-9 defeat on Saturday.

Ryan Kissner put Greensboro on top 2:35 into the game with an unassisted goal.  The Marlins rallied with two goals before Skip Jakupi knotted the game up at the 9:14 mark.  Alexander Vander Hoff put The Pride back in front with 7:08 remaining in the first.  

The game would switch hands again with Virginia Wesleyan putting the next two scores on the board.  Thomas Brooks would add the final tally of the period to send the game into the second all even at 4-4.

Both teams would exchange goals in the second frame with the Marlins striking first and last for a 7-6 halftime advantage.  Ryan McNamara would provide both goals for Greensboro in the second period.

The Pride rallied in the third with two goals, sandwiched around a single goal for Virginia Wesleyan, to tie the game at 8-8.  Vander Hoff got on the board again in the third with Jaeger Carlyle also chipping in for Greensboro.

The Marlins took control early in the fourth, netting three straight goals to grab an 11-8 lead.  Justin Pearson ended the drought with 7:17 left in the game to cut the deficit to 11-9.  

Virginia Wesleyan would put any comeback hopes to rest with 2:13 to go with the final goal of the game to pull out the 12-9 victory.

Vander Hoff and McNamara each paced The Pride offensive attack with two goals.  Scott Showalter, Jakupi, Maxx Aiken, Taylor Babb and Kissner dished out one assist apiece.  Showalter fired a team high eight shots with six coming on goal.  Jakupi picked up a team best 11 ground balls and won 15-23 faceoffs.  

Greensboro outshot the Marlins 44-40 and forced Virginia Wesleyan to make 21 saves.  The Pride forced 16 turnovers and scooped up 55 ground balls compared to 49 for the Marlins.

Greensboro will look to rebound on Wednesday with a home game against Randolph. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. on Pride Field.