Skeels Leads Wesley Past Virginia Wesleyan

Skeels Leads Wesley Past Virginia Wesleyan

DOVER, Del. - Dan Skeels broke a tie game with a goal with 13:15 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Wesley College defense made it stand up as the Wolverines downed Virginia Wesleyan 8-7 on Senior Day.

The score was Skeels' third of the game and came off an assist from Joe Trezza.  The Marlins had a chance in the final minute, but Kirk Waldie caused a Drew Langis turnover and Wesley was able to run the clock down.

Nick Pisacano scored the the game's first goal with 13:39 left in the first quarter, assisted by Brad Smith.  Maicin Dunk tied the score two and a half minutes later and Jordan Kenney's first score of the game gave Virginia Wesleyan (7-5) a 2-1 lead with 8:56 left in the quarter.

Seabrooke Carter knotted the game at 2-2 with a tally at 6:20 and Skeels' first goal of the game - assisted by Smith - gave Wesley (8-5) a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes of play.

The second quarter opened with Skeels returning the favor, assisting on a goal by Smith with 11:33 left in the half to make it 4-2.  Trezza found the back of the net just 1:22 later as Wesley went ahead by three.

Dunk assisted on a goal by Tim Homa with less than five minutes left in the half as the Marlins entered halftime trailing 5-3.

After Skeels stretched the lead back to three with the first tally of the second half, Virginia Wesleyan ran off three consecutive scores to tie the game.  Kenney started the run at 11:27 and ended it by tying the game at 8:19, with a goal by Chad Hill inbetween.

Nick Pisacano assisted on a goal by Carter as Wesley claimed a 7-6 lead with 4:51 to go in the quarter, but Damian Becker tied it at 7-7 at the end of the period with a score with only 1:50 left.

Waldie had nine ground balls and forced six turnovers in the contest. 

Jim McCleaft stopped 15 Marlin shots for Wesley.

Tim Skartsiaris made nine saves for Virginia Wesleyan. 

Prior to the game, Wesley honored its two seniors, Brandon Johnson and Brian Demarest.

The win snapped a two-match skid and sends Wesley into the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Quarterfinals on April 14 on a winning note.