Wesley Falls in Season Opener

Wesley Falls in Season Opener


ASHLAND, Va. - Wesley College outscored Randolph-Macon 5-2 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Yellow Jackets held off the Wolverines for a 15-13 win in the season opener for both squads.

Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) led Wesley (0-1) with four goals and two assists, including a pair of man up scores.  Justin D'Alonzo (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) also netted four goals in the contest.

D'Alonzo started the scoring three minutes into the contest, but the Wolverines needed a Dan Skeels (Roseland, N.J./West Essex) tally on the first quarter's final score to to tie the contest at 2-2.

As in the first period, D'Alonzo opened the scoring in the second quarter to put Wesley back on top and Skeels added his second goal of the day for a 4-2 lead with 12:25 left in the half.  The two teams traded the next four goals of the game with Jack Skeels (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) getting his first career score and Smith adding another with 7:27 left in the half for a 6-4 lead. 

The Yellow Jackets, however, closed the second period with four straight goals, including two by Jake Leddy and led 8-6 at the half.

After the Wolverines scored the first goal of the second half, Randolph-Macon went on another run, outscoring Wesley 5-1 over the remainder of the third quarter to take a 13-8 lead into the final period.

Smith scored back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to trim the Yellow Jacket lead to 13-10 with 12:43 left in the game.  After Randolph-Macon scored two of the game's next three goals, D'Alonzo and Smith scored to cut the lead to 15-13 with 3:02 on the clock.

Tyler Midwinter paced the Yellow Jackets with four goals and two assists.  Leddy and Patrick Egan finished with matching lines of three goals and one assist.

Michael McQuarrie (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) won 12-of-24 face offs for Wesley, while Mike Herbst won 10-of-16 for Randolph-Macon as the Yellow Jackets held an 18-of-31 advantage as a team.

Wesley held a 37-28 advantage on ground balls.

Sean Mathews (Baltimore, Pa./Pennsbury) and Marcus Giarusso (Camillus, N.Y./Marcellus) split time in net for the Wolverines.  Mathews made two saves in the first half, while Giarusso stopped seven in the final two periods of play.

Jason Crawford stopped 14 shots in the win for Randolph-Macon.

Welsey will look to get into the win column on March 3 with a road trip to Catholic.