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11-15-2012

Lacrosse Alumni Cross Paths in Afghanistan

Leaving everything on the field has taken on a new meaning for two former Virginia Wesleyan College men's lacrosse players. In a most improbable meeting, two lacrosse alumni are reuniting for a different cause, defending our country. Former Marlins Will Wheeler '08 and Matt Hovsepian '10 ran into each other on a military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where they are both stationed. Having not seen each other in four years, the two caught up, compared stories and shared a little Marlin history in the process. Hovsepian immediately reached VWC head men's lacrosse coach J.P. Stewart to let him know of the chance encounter: "Coach, I'm back from Afghanistan," wrote Hovsepian. "Ran into Wheeler in Kandahar as my unit was on our way out. Hope all is well with you. Wheeler is doing awesome. I'll be up in a couple weeks to visit." Virginia Wesleyan's men's lacrosse team recently completed their annual homecoming alumni game where Wheeler and Hovsepian were unable to participate due to their commitment to defend our country.

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