Wolverines Fall in ECAC Metro/South Semis
DOVER, Del. - Wesley College was limited to just two goals in the second half as Drew University pulled away for a 13-7 win over the Wolverines in the semifinals of the ECAC Metro/South Tournament.
Wesley (11-6) scored the first goal of the second half when Justin Thompson (Pasadena, Md./North East) tallied his third of the game with 13:38 to go in the third period to pull to within a goal at 7-6. The Rangers (9-7), however, held the Wolverines off the scoreboard for the next 26 minutes and scored five goals in the meantime to put the contest out of reach.
Wesley got another huge performance from goalkeeper Jim McCleaft (Media, Pa./Sun Valley), who notched his fourth 21-save game of the season.
Joe Trezza (King's Park, N.Y./King's Park) got the Wolverines on the board first with a goal only nine seconds into the contest. Drew's Sean McNulty scored the only two other goals in the period and teammate Tyler Morse scored twice to start the second period as the Rangers went ahead 4-1 early in the period.
Wesley pulled to within 5-3 later in the period on Thompson's first score of the night, but Mike Sayers scored twice for the Rangers to stretch the advantage to four with seven minutes left in the second period. The Wolverines scored twice in the final minute of the period with goals by Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) and Thompson to cut it to 7-5 at the intermission.
Thompson's goal to open the second half seemed to continue Wesley's momentum, but Sean McGown scored his only goal of the game just over a minute later to start Drew's game-breaking run.
Rob King (Howell, N.J./Howell) led Wesley with six ground balls.
Jon Bucknam and Morse had three goals each for Drew.
Jon Dowiak and Michael DeGiovanni each had 10 ground balls for the Rangers, who held a 53-29 advantage in the category.
Michael Celentano had nine saves in the win.
The loss ends Wesley's first season under new coach Bill Gorrow with an 11-6 record. It was the most wins for the Wolverines since the 2000 season.