DOVER, Del. - Wesley College scored seven unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 6-4 haltime deficit and went on to win 14-9 over Greensboro on Senior Day at Dr. Scott D. Miller Stadium.
Early in the game, it looked as though the Pride (10-5) may ruin the Wolverines (11-5) celebration, scoring twice in the game's first 32 seconds, then adding another score midway through the period for a 3-0 lead.
Wesley got on the board with 4:22 left in the quarter on a tally by Justin D'Alonzo (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) and the Wolverines trailed 3-1 at the conclusion of the period. In the second quarter, Wesley pulled to within one at 5-4 with just 1:49 left on a score by Joe Trezza (King's Park, N.Y./King's Park) on an assist from Brad Bivins (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney), who had scored the previous Wolverine goal.
Ryan Mercer, however, stretched the lead back two just 17 seconds later with his second goal of the day.
Wesley came out firing in the second half, scoring six times in the seven minutes and held the Pride without a goal in the period. Just 42 seconds in, Bivins found Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill), who shaved the Greensboro lead to one. Within the next two minutes, Justin Thompson (Pasadena, Md./North East) had a hand in two goals that gave Wesley the lead. At 12:37, he fed Nick Pisacano (King's Park, N.Y./King's Park), then 23 seconds later it was Thompson unassisted for a 7-6 Wesley lead.
The Wolverines kept the pressure on with Trezza's second goal of the day before D'Alonzo, who entered the day with just one assist, aided three straight Wesley scores to close the period. Smith was the benificiary on the first two before Dan Skeels (Roseland, N.J./West Essex) closed the scoring in the period with a score with 2:29 left.
Greensboro opened the fourth with a run of their own as a goal by Neal McKinney and two by Brad Gesser made it 11-9 in favor of Wesley with 8:18 left. That would finish the Pride's scoring on the afternoon, however, while the Wolverines added three more down the stretch to put the game away.
Smith and Trezza each finished with three goals and an assist. D'Alonzo also had four points, adding a goal in addition to his back-to-back-to-back assists in the third period. Bivins had three points (1g, 2a) and Pisacano and Skeels had two goals apiece.
In addition to the contributions by Thompson, Wesley's other seniors also contributed heavily to the win. Jim McCleaft (Media, Pa./Sun Valley) made 11 saves in goal for Wesley. Kirk Waldie (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) led the team with five ground balls. Robb Lombardi (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) had four caused turnovers and Nate Smeltzer (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) added three. Brett Jolly (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) and Steve Moran (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) combined to go 12-of-24 on faceoffs and Matt Sewell (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) iced the game with a goal with just 2:08 left.
McKinney led the Pride with three goals, while Gesser and Mercer had two each.
Nick Patrone had seven ground balls and John Anglin won 13-of-19 face offs. Nick Foderaro stopped 13 shots and added five ground balls.
The win was Wesley's 11th on the year, the most since the 2000 team won 12 games.
The Wolverines will now await word on a potential bid to the ECAC South Championships.