DOVER, Del. - After a loose ball that seemed to last forever, St. Mary's (Md.) Ryan Alexander caught the ball and two passes later Dennis Rosson found the back of the net with eight seconds left for a 9-8 win over Wesley.
The contest was part of Wesley's annual David Reynolds Lacrosse Festival.
The Wolverines (8-4, 4-3 CAC) scored three goals in the final 7:30 to tie the game before the dramatic finish. Justin D'Alonzo (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) scored with a man advantage - his 13th man up goal of the year - midway through the fourth to make it 8-6 in favor of the Seahawks (5-5, 3-2 CAC).
With just under five minutes left, Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill), who assisted on the previous goal, brought Wesley to within a score with an assist from Justin Thompson (Pasadena, Md./North East).
Thompson picked up another assist after teammate Jimmy Colliflower (Westminster, Md./Westminster) caused a St. Mary's turnover with 2:42 to go. After a Wesley timeout, Thompson found Nick Pisacano (King's Park, N.Y./King's Park) with 2:30 on the clock and the score was knotted at 8-8.
The Seahawks won the ensuing face off, but Keven Lion (Westampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) forced another turnover to gain possession for the Wolverines. A shot on the resulting possession sailed wide, however, and St. Mary's regained possession.
After a successful clear, the ball came loose in front of the goal and neither team could gain possession as the ball rolled and bounced until Alexander caught the ball just outside the offensive zone. He passed to Bobby Cooke, who passed to Rosson for the game-winning score.
Smith (1g, 2a), Thompson (1g, 2a) and Pisacano (2g, 1a) had three points each for the Wolverines. D'Alonzo scored twice.
Cooke led all players with three goals and an assist.
Jim McCleaft (Media, Pa./Sun Valley) stopped seven shots in the game for Wesley. Pat Simpson made nine saves for the Seahawks.
St. Mary's held a 42-27 advantage on ground balls, fueled in part by Marc DiPasquale winning 15-of-21 face offs.
Wesley is back in action on Wednesday, April 8 with a road trip to Virginia Wesleyan for a non-conference contest at 4:00 PM.