DOVER, Del. - Three shots in the final 30 seconds sailed wide as Wesley College fell just short of erasing four goal deficit in the fourth quarter, falling to Ohio Wesleyan 8-7.
The Battling Bishops (2-1) appeared to have control after a four goal run gave them an 8-4 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the game.
The Wolverines (1-3) won the ensuing face off and a minute and a half later Tyler DiStefano (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) scooped up a loose ball and sent it in to cut the deficit to three with 8:27 on the game clock.
Wesley again gained possession and took advantage of a man up opportunity as Joe Trezza (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) took and assist from Justin D'Alonzo (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) and cut the lead to 8-6 with 6:49 to go.
Michael McQuarrie (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), who won 17-of-19 face offs in the game, got the Wolverines the ball back, but shot by Eric Crumbock (Levittown, Pa./Truman) was saved by Stephen Ford. The teams traded possessions until D'Alonzo brought the Wolverines within a goal with his second marker of the day with just 59 seconds to play.
Dan Tryon (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) picked up the ball off the face off and Crumbock sailed a shot wide with 29 seconds remaining. Tim Dougherty (Cape May Court House, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) got a ground ball to keep possession and Kevin Reinert (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) uncorked another shot wide of the cage with eight seconds left.
Ohio Wesleyan was called for a penalty with just two seconds on the clock and a desperation shot by Crumbock at the buzzer went high.
McQuarrie had 11 ground balls in the game thanks to his dominating performance on face offs.
D'Alonzo had two goals and an assist, while DiStefano had a goal and an assist in the contest.
Sean Mathews (Baltimore, Pa./Pennsbury) stopped nine shots in goal.
AJ Pellis led all players with four points for OWU on two goals and two assists. Shaun Crow had a pair of goals and assisted on another, while Colin Short aided on three scores for the Battling Bishops.
Ford was credited with eight saves in the win.
The Wolverines head south to Greensboro for a 1:00 PM start on March 9.