GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wesley College scored nine goals in the second half, but it was not enough after a one-goal first half as the Wolverines fell 11-10 at Greensboro.
The Pride (3-2) scored the game's first five goals and held Wesley (0-3) off the scoreboard for the first 26:35 of action before a man up goal by Rob King (Howell, N.J./Howell) with just 3:25 left in the half.
Greensboro got a late goal with just five seconds left in the second quarter from Nick Patrone to take a 6-1 lead into the intermission.
The Wolverines tried to make up for lost time in the third quarter, outscoring the Pride 6-2 in the period to cut the lead to just 8-7.
Wesley tied it up midway through the final quarter when Jack Skeels (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) put home his third goal of the afternoon with 9:28 left making it 9-9. Greensboro, however, scored the next two goals to claim an 11-9 advantage after John Anglin and Ryan Mercer found the back of the net.
Just over a minute later, Joe Trezza (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) took a feed from Nick Pisacano (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) for a man up score with 3:03 to play in the game, cutting the lead to 11-10. Wesley's Mike McQuarrie (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) won the ensuing face off and after a minute of possession, Trezza fired off a shot saved by the Pride's Matt Leach.
Greensboro, however, failed the clear as Pisacano forced a turnover and fired off another shot, again saved. The Pride tried to run the clock out once more, but Keven Lion (Westampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) caused another turnover and a Greensboro penalty gave Wesley a man advantage for the final possession. But Leach was up to the task again, stopping Brad Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) with just two seconds to play.
Skeels finished with three goals and two assists in the game, while Trezza matched his three scores. McQuarrie won 10-of-13 face offs in the game.
Goalkeeper Marcus Giarusso (Camillus, N.Y./Marcellus) stopped eight shots.
Leach turned in an excellent day in net with 22 saves for the Pride. Mercer and Patrone finished with three goals each.
Wesley returns to Dover for its home opener on March 10 against Ursinus.