Balanced effort carries Virginia Wesleyan

Marlins build first-half lead en route to 12-7 win over McDaniel

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Adam Nycz recorded two goals and an assist to lead Virginia Wesleyan to a 12-7 victory over McDaniel in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Damian Becker and Curran Lee added two goals apiece for the Marlins (3-2), who built an 8-4 lead at intermission en route to the five-goal win.

TJ Willoughby (Sykesville, Md./Century) led the Green Terror (1-2) with three goals while DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) added a goal and two assists.

Rickels staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead just 1:53 into the game before Virginia Wesleyan reeled off three straight.

Lee evened the game with 3:34 to play in the opening period before Nycz and Eric Anderson scored 14 seconds apart to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Willoughby made it a 3-2 game at the end of the first before scoring 1:51 into the second to even the game at 3-all.

Waddell finished a Nycz feed 1:45 later to spark another three-goal rally to stretch the lead to 6-3 with 6:47 remaining in the period.

Willoughby broke up the stretch before Nycz and Damian Becker went back-to-back in the final 2:46 of the first half to stretch the lead to four at the break.

William Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) tallied 1 minute, 4 seconds into the second half but Lee re-established the four-goal edge with 18 seconds to play in the third quarter before the Marlins tacked on three more to open the fourth.

A pair of JS Duke (Fort Washington, Md./Upper Dublin) goals in the final 2:55 set the final margin.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Mary Washington on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Score by Period                        1            2            3            4            -            F
McDaniel (1-2)                                    2            2            1            2            -            7
Virginia Wesleyan (3-2)                        3            5            1            3            -            12

TJ Willoughby 3, JS Duke 2, DJ Rickels 1, William Clary.
Virginia Wesleyan: Adam Nycz 2, Damian Becker 2, Curran Lee 2, Travia Puls, Tim Homa, Russ Kok, Brock Waddell, Eric Anderson, Brian Dressler.

Rickels 2, Gibbs Preston 2, Willoughby, Matt Mummert.
Virginia Wesleyan: Kyle Wright, Kok, Kycz, Puls, Homa, Mikey Connors, Ethan Wright.

Shots: M 34, V 43. Ground Balls: M 34, V 47. Goalies: M (Brad Motley - 11 saves, 12 GA), V (Tyler Keech - 17 saves, 7 GA). Extra-Man: M 3 of 5, V 1 of 5. Face-Offs: M 8, V 14. Clearing: M 0 of 0, V 18 of 22. Penalties: M 0 for 0:00, V 0 for 0:00.