GREENSBORO, NC—The Greensboro College men's lacrosse team fell in a heart breaker to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon by a 9-8 score.
In the first quarter of play, the Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Pride was able to get on the board. After falling behind 3-0, the Pride was able to respond back with three straight man-up goals to tie the game at 3-3 going into the second quarter of play. Charles Stringfellow got the Pride on the board first, before Ryan Kissner found the back of the net while aiding the third goal of the run.
The Pride struck right away in the second quarter, when Jaegar Carlyle controlled the faceoff and went the distance putting Greensboro up 4-3. Wesleyan came right back to tie the game, but Greensboro once again was able to connect on two straight goals to pull out to a 6-4 lead. Brodie Ceperich scored the first goal, while Kissner found the net for his second goal of the day. Following the two goal advantage, the Marlins scored making the score 6-5 with 5:53 until the intermission period. Greensboro would tack on one more goal in the quarter, but the two teams went into the half all tied up at 7-7.
After a quiet third period, the Marlins were able to score just 1:30 into the final period of play to go out infront 8-7. The score would remain the same until Denis Radcliffe was able to pull Greensboro back even with a laser to the top corner of the cage with 6:00 left in regualation. Down the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, the two teams appeared they were going to head into extra frames but a Marlins shot with less than one second to play gave Virginia Wesleyan the 9-8 victory.
Greensboro College held a solid 58-41 shot advantage on the day, with 38 of them being on the frame of goal. The Pride also held the advantage in ground balls 44-29 with Radcliffe picking up a team high seven ground balls. Ryan Kissner led the way for Greensboro on the offensive side of the field putting up 4 points with two goals to go along with two assists. Jesse Duczeminskyi had an outstanding day in the net for the Pride despite the loss stopping 20 Marlins shots.
With the loss, Greensboro falls to 0-3 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday afternoon when Methodist University comes to town.