VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Wesley College's Jim McCleaft (Media, Pa./Sun Valley) had his third 21-save game of the season and Nick Pisacano (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) and Dan Skeels (Roseland, N.J./West Essex) combined for 11 points in a 13-5 win over Virginia Wesleyan.
The Marlins (3-10) actually outshot the Wolverines (9-4) in the game 45-39, but McCleaft turned away shot after shot all afternoon, including eight saves in a second period in which the Virginia Wesleyan held a 15-4 advantage on shots. Overall, he stopped 13 of the final 14 shots on goal n the game.
Wesley led just 8-5 heading into the fourth quarter. But after a score by Justin D'Alonzo (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) made it a four goal lead with 13:30 left in the game, Skeels and Pisacano traded goals down the stretch as the Wolverines scored five times in the fourth quarter, while shutting out the Marlins to put the game away.
Skeels finished the game with five goals, matching the most by a Wesley student-athlete this season. Pisacano, meanwhile, scored just twice, but assisted on four more Wolverine scores for six points.
Back-to-back goals by Joe Trezza (King's Park, N.Y./King's Park) gave Wesley a 3-0 lead with 9:49 left in the first, but Jed Lynch cut into the lead with a goal just 15 seconds later off the ensuing face off.
Pisacano fed Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) for the opening goal of the second period and a 4-1 lead, but the Marlins rebounded to make it a one goal game after tallies by Mike Tribbs a minute later and Lynch with 8:43 left. The teams each scored once in the next six minutes, but Wesley gained some breathing room with goals by Matt Sewell (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) and Skeels within 30 seconds of each, beginning with Sewell's score with 1:37 left to close the half with the Wolverines leading 7-4.
Over the second and third periods, McCleaft turned away 10 straight shots before Travis Puls scored with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Wesley, however, managed just a goal by Skeels in the third and led by just three at the close of the period.
D'Alonzo and Trezza finished with two goals each for the Wolverines. Jimmy Colliflower (Westminster, Md./Westminster) caused three turnovers.
John-Paul Novak stopped 13 shots for Virginia Wesleyan. Eric Anderson had eight ground balls and won 11-of-17 face offs.
The win marks the fourth straight season Wesley has won at least nine times.
Wesley is idle until the quarterfinals of the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on April 13.