Wesley Falls In CAC Finale

Wesley Falls In CAC Finale

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - A five goal run in the first half proved too much to overcome as Wesley dropped a 9-5 decision at St. Mary's (Md.) in the Capital Atheltic Conference (CAC) finale for the Wolverines.

The game was a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring for nearly eight minutes at the start before St. Mary's (7-5, 5-1 CAC) Shaun Summerville gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead with 7:22 to play in the opening period.  Joe Trezza scored to tie the game less than a minute later at 6:47, but a Ryan Alexander goal with just 1:09 to go in the first quarter started a 5-0 run that made the score 6-1 with 9:46 to play in the half. 

Wesley's (7-5, 3-4 CAC) Nick Pisacano broke the run with an unassisted tally with 5:52 remaining for the half's final score to make it a 6-2 contest.

St. Mary's Pat Oliphant scored the first goal of the second half to stretch the lead back to five, but goals by Luke Moeller and Brad Smith midway through the third cut it to 7-4 with a 4:11 remaining. 

The Seahawks put the game out of reach with goals from Oliphant and Josh Hostetler in the final 21 seconds of the third quarter to make it 9-4.

Smith found the back of the net in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines could not close the gap.

Jim McCleaft made 19 saves in goal for Wesley.  Kirk Waldie forced five turnovers.

Mike DiPasquale won 15-of-18 face offs for St. Mary's and led all players with seven ground balls.

Wesley hosts Virginia Wesleyan on April 9 at 4:00 PM.