2005 Men's Lacrosse News

Men's Lacrosse All-PAC Announced
Wesley Places Four Members on First Team

Dover, DE - Wesley College placed four members onto the 2005 Men's Lacrosse 1st Team All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC).  Chris Miller (SR, Albany, NY/Colonie Central) was named to the 1st team at the attack position for the third consecutive year and Mark Skakle (SR, Columbia, MD/Long Reach) was a 1st team member at midfield.  Scott Watras (SR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) makes his second consecutive appearance on the 1st team as a defender, while Mike Dietrich (JR, Smithsburg, MD/Smithsburg) was 1st team at the specialist position.  Miller had 23 goals and 15 assists on the year, while Skakle led the Wolverines in scoring posting 35 goals and 14 assists.  Watras had 50 groundballs and Dietrich had .633 (164-259) face-off percentage during the regular season and added 102 groundballs.

Justin Thompson (FR, Pasadena, MD/Northeast) and Jim McCleaft (FR, Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) earned 2nd team accolades to open up their rookie seasons.  Thompson, a midfielder, had 21 goals, 14 assists and 36 groundballs for Wesley, while McCleaft posted a .579 save percentage in goal.

Wesley Drops PAC Semifinal
(Wednesday, May 4th)
Dover, DE - #2 Wesley College (8-6) hosted #3 Villa Julie College (10-4) in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament, falling to the Mustangs by a final score of 6-3.  This marks the second consecutive year that Villa Julie has knocked Wesley out of the PAC tournament.  Villa Julie will travel to #1 Cabrini College for the PAC Championship on Saturday, May 7th with a time still to be determined.  Photo: Mark Skakle

The Mustangs jumped on top with 7:20 left in the first quarter on a goal by Greg Keller (Hampstead, MD/North Carroll) to go up 1-0 and would never trail the rest of the game.  After Villa Julie goals by Nate Montanye (Gyndon, MD/Franklin) and Matt Miller (Denver, CO/George Washington), Wesley would get on the board with 10:27 left in the second quarter on a goal by Rick Shafer (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) to pull Wesley to within 2 goals (3-1).  Villa Julie kept up the offensive pressure and would find the back of the net with 56 seconds remaining in the half to put the Mustangs on top, 4-1 at halftime.  Photo: Goalkeeper, Anthony Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville C.C.)

The third quarter was a defensive battle with Villa Julie converting a goal with 27 seconds remaining in the quarter to put them up 5-1.  Matt Wade (Forest Hill, MD/Fallston) gave the Mustangs their final goal with 9:59 remaining.  Wesley would put one last run on the Mustangs as they scored two goals in a 17-second span to close within 6-3 with 4:48 remaining, but were unable to convert the rest of the way.  Shafer, Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) and Brad Watkins (Rockville Centre,NY/Kellenberg Memorial) all had one goal apiece for Wesley.  Miller led Villa Julie with 2 goals, while Keller, Montanye, Wade and Zachary Clark (Pasadena, MD/Chesapeake) all had one goal apiece.  Photo: Chris Sparks (Crofton, MD/South River)

Wolverines to Host 1st Round Game
Wesley Defeats Villa Julie, 13-11 in Thriller
(Saturday, April 30th)
Stevenson, MD - Wesley College (8-5, 5-1) earned the #2 seed in the upcoming Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) men's lacrosse tournament by defeating Villa Julie College (9-4, 4-2) by a final score of 13-11 on Saturday afternoon.  With the win, the Wolverines will host Villa Julie on Wednesday, May 4th starting at 4:00.  Villa Julie will be the #3 seed in the tournament.

In Saturday's game, Wesley jumped on top with a steady offensive attack early, going into halftime up 7-3.  Villa Julie went on to out-score the Wolverines 6-1 in the third quarter, winning 6-of-8 face-offs to help the Mustangs to a 9-8 advantage after three quarters.  Villa Julie continued their offensive attack by posting goals at the 11:42 and 9:56 mark in the 4th quarter to go up 11-8.  With 6:23 to go in the game, Wesley's Jason Schatz (Springfield, PA/Springfield) scored on an assist by Chris Miller to start a streak of 5 unanswered goals.  Miller scored on an unassisted goal with 1:28 remaining to put Wesley up 12-11 and Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) scored with 27 seconds to seal the win for Wesley.

Skakle led Wesley with 5 goals and 1 assist, while Miller, Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and Pete Moran (Lindenhurst, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) each posted 2 goals apiece.  Miller added 4 assists for the Wolverines.

Wolverines Take Out Farmingdale State
(Saturday, April 23rd)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (7-5) defeated Farmingdale State University (5-6) by a final score of 11-5 in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday night.  The game was forfeited with 9:26 remaining in the 4th quarter due to weather conditions for an official game.

The Wolverines jumped on top early 3-0 on goals by Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast), Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) and Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach).  The Rams would close the gap to 3-2 on 2 unanswered goals by Matt Ramacca (Baldwin, NY/Nassau) and Jeremy Goohs (Merrick, NY/Calhoun).  The Wolverines went into halftime up 7-4, aided by a goal by Thompson with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

Wesley jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the second half on a goal by Rob Mason (Lewes, DE/Salisbury Baptist Academy) with 5:10 remaining.  The Wolverines then held a 10-5 lead, before Rick Shafer scored with 13:00 remaining in the game for the final tally before the game was was forfeited.  Thompson totaled 4 goals and 1 assist, while Skakle and Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) had a pair of goals apiece.

Evans and Skakle Lead Wesley to Win
(Saturday, April 16th)
Winchester, VA - Wesley College (6-5, 4-1) defeated conference opponent Shenandoah University (4-6, 2-3) by a final score of 18-9 in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.  Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) recorded 4 goals apiece, while Evans added 2 assists and Skakle 1 assist.  Rob Mason (Lewes, DE/Salisbury Baptist Academy) and Mike DiFede (Ridge, NY/SUNY Delhi) had 2 goals apiece, with DiFede adding an assist.  Scott Watras (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) also added a goal and Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) had 1 goal and 3 assists.

Anthony Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville C.C.) and Jim McCleaft (Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) had 7 and 5 saves respectively in goal for Wesley.  The Wolverines out-shot Shenandoah 44-30 in the game.

Wesley Dropped by Gophers
(Wednesday, April 13th)
Towson, MD - Wesley College (5-5) fell to .500 on the season, with a 14-4 loss to non-conference opponent Goucher College (8-4) on Wednesday afternoon in men's lacrosse action.  Goucher jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Wesley answered back with goals by Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) and Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) to even the score at 2.  The Gophers reeled off 9 consecutive goals to put the game out of reach for the Wolverines.  Pete Moran (Lindenhurst, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) added 1 goal, while Thompson had 2 goals for Wesley.

Wolverines Fall in Match-Up of PAC Leaders
(Saturday, April 9th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (5-4, 3-1) fell to conference foe Cabrini College (6-3, 4-0), in a match-up of PAC leaders by a final score of 12-4 in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.  Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) had 2 goals for Wesley, while Mike Dietrich (Smithsburg, MD/Smithsburg) and Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) had a goal apiece.  Wesley went into halftime down 5-1 and were out-shot 46-30.  Jim McCleaft (Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) had 16 saves in goal for Wesley.

Wolverines Win Fourth Straight
(Saturday, April 2nd)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (5-3, 3-0) won their fourth consecutive game by defeating conference opponent Alvernia College (0-4, 0-2) by a final score of 20-1, on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Wolverine Stadium.  PJ Scarpello (Newark, DE/McKean) opened the scoring for Wesley at the 8:51 mark in the first quarter, with Wesley adding 3 more goals to go up 4-0 to start the second quarter.  The Wolverines went into halftime up 12-0 and added 4 more goals in the third quarter to out-distance themselves from Alvernia.

Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) led the offensive attack of Wesley with 4 goals, 3 assists and 3 groundballs, along with Pete Moran (Lindenhurst, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) who had 3 goals and 1 assist for the Wolverines.  Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown), Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach), Jason Schatz (Springfield, PA/Springfield) and Mike DiFede (Ridge, NY/SUNY Delhi) all had 2 goals apiece in the effort.  Justin Mackrell (Hagerstown, MD/Smithsburg) added 1 goal, 3 assists and 4 groundballs.

Wesley goalkeeper Anthony Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville C.C) had 7 saves in goal.  The Wolverines out-shot Alvernia 55-9 and held a 44-10 advantage in groundballs.

Wolverines Roll to Win over Neumann
(Wednesday, March 30th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (4-3, 2-0) defeated conference opponent Neumann College by a final score of 15-2 in men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night.  The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back for their third straight win.  Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) led Wesley with 4 goals, while Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) had 3 goals for Wesley.  Mike Dietrich (Smithsburg, MD/Smithsburg) added 1 goal and 2 assists.  Wesley out-shot Neumann 48-13 and held a 41-17 advantage in groundballs.

Wolverines Outlast Virginia Wesleyan, 12-8
(Wednesday, March 23rd)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (3-3, 1-0) hosted Virginia Wesleyan College (1-5) in non-conference men's lacrosse action, defeating the Marlins by a final score of 12-8.  The Marlins jumped out to a 4-1 lead, before Wesley tied the score at 4-4 with 3:28 left in the second quarter on a goal by Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach).  Justin Thompson's (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) goal gave Wesley their first lead at 5-4 with 13:18 remaining in the third quarter.  The Marlins jumped on top 8-6 with 4:50 to go in the third, but would go scoreless the rest of the way.

The Wolverines were led by Chris Miller's (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) 4 goal performance.  Skakle added 3 goals and 2 assists.  Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) had 1 goal and dished out 4 assists in the effort.

Wolverines Roll to Win over Misericordia, 21-3
(Saturday, March 19th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (2-3, 1-0) rolled to the conference victory over College Misericordia (0-3, 0-1) by a final score of 21-3 in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.  After an almost scoreless first quarter from both teams, Pat Bergstrom (Hagerstown, MD/Smithsburg) scored with :29 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put Wesley up 1-0.  The Wolverines never looked back reeling off 10 goals in 15:31 to go into halftime 11-0.

The Wolverines were led by Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central), who had 4 goals and 3 assists, while Bergstrom, Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) and Jason Schatz (Springfield, PA/Springfield) all had 3 goals apiece.  Skakle also added 3 assists.  Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) had 2 goal, 2 assists and 8 groundballs in the win.  Goalkeepers Jim McCleaft (Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) and Anthony Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville C.C.) combined for 8 saves in the game.  Wesley out-shot the Cougars 38-14 in the game.

Men's Lacrosse Downed by Catholic, 10-5
(Wednesday, March 16th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (1-3) fell to non-conference opponent Catholic University by a final score of 10-5 in men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night.  Wesley was led by Justin Thompson's (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) 3 goals and 1 assist, while Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) added a goal and an assist.  Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) contributed a goal and Pete Moran (Lindenhurst, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) dished out 2 assists in the effort.

Wolverines Fall in Non-Conference Game
(Friday, March 12th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (1-2) fell to non-conference opponent Haverford College by a final score of 8-6 in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Wolverine Stadium.  Wesley was led by Jason Schatz (Springfield, PA/Springfield) and Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) as they both posted 1 goal and 1 assist apiece.  Pete Moran (Lindenhurst, NY/Kellenberg Memorial), Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach), Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) and Steve Mason (Medford Lakes, NJ/Shawnee) all had 1 goal apiece.  Jim McCleaft (Brookhaven, PA/Sun Valley) recorded 20 saves in goal for the Wolverines.  Wesley was out-shot 27-24 in the game.

Late Start Dooms Wolverines
(Friday, March 5th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (1-1) fell to non-conference opponent Richard Stockton College (1-0) by a final score of 15-14 in men's lacrosse action at Wolverine Stadium Saturday afternoon.  The Wolverines gave up 3 goals in the first 2:51 in the game and went into halftime down 8-2.  The Wolverines pulled to within 2 (8-6) on a goal by Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) at the 6:55 mark in the third quarter, but went behind 11-7 to start the 4th quarter.  Wesley scored 4 goals in the final 2:42 for the final tally.

Wolverines Open up 2005 with Win
(Saturday, February 26th)
Dover, DE - Wesley College (1-0) opened up the 2005 season with a 13-5 victory over Moravian College (0-1) in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.  The Wolverines jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, holding the Greyhounds scoreless until 3:29 left in the second period.  Mark Skakle (Columbia, MD/Long Reach) led the Wesley attack, posting 5 goals and 2 assists.  Skakle also added 9 groundballs.  Adam Starrett (Newark, DE/St. Mark's), Dean Evans (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and Justin Thompson (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) all had 2 goals apiece.  Chris Miller (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) had 1 goal, 3 assists and 8 groundballs in the effort.