DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Men's Lacrosse team came up short against Greensboro College in the Wolverines home opener on Saturday afternoon with a final score of 12-10.
The first period represented the rest of the game well, a physical match with two teams that had no trouble scoring. Tim Dougherty was the first to put points on the board at the 12:35 mark, giving Wesley it's only lead of the day.
Greensboro answered just two minutes later, and continued to find holes in the defense, putting two more into the net with five minutes remaining. With 29 seconds to go in the first, Jose Flores found Dougherty open, who was able to send a rocket by the keeper, making the score 3-2 Greensboro at the end of the first.
The Wolverines found themselves stuck in the second period, unable to cash in on any opportunities. Wesley's goalie Matt Ryan made three big saves to keep the Pride at bay, but was unable to stop them from tallying four more goals, leaving the score at 7-2 by halftime.
Wesley dominated the third period. Less than three minutes in, Scott Brozey brought the pressure after scooping up a ground ball and carrying it through to the other end where Nathan Gorski was able to score.
With the momentum shifted, Wesley began to fire shot after shot. Kenny McDonald caused a turnover and Anthony Devone was able to carry it across the field. Joe Donato chased in on a beautiful goal, assisted by Patrick Lipari.
Hungry for more, Donato earned himself a second goal just three minutes later; Nathan Gorski was credited with the assist. Gorski got another assist after causing a turnover and setting up Donato with a great opportunity he capitalized on. Just one minute later, Michael McQuarrie won the face-off and carried it into the offensive zone, where Lipari put a laser past the goalie. Scott Brozey was credited with the assist. The Wolverines gave up only two goals in the third and only trailed by one, with a score of 9-8 Greensboro.
The fourth period was a physical battle, as the entire game proved to be. Wesley maintained the momentum, firing off four shots less than a minute in. Brozey scored his first goal of the game, and Eric Crumbock earned himself the assist. Nathan Gorski got his second goal of the game with four minutes remaining, but the Pride's offense proved to be too much for the Wolverines.
Goalkeeper Matt Ryan had 14 big saves that kept the game close.
Wesley's next game is against Kean at 6pm on February 29th.