DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's men's lacrosse team opened the 2013 season with a 10-7 victory over Immaculata University on Wednesday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. With the win, Wolverines head coach Bill Gorrow now has 200 victories as a collegiate coach.
After falling behind by a goal nearly two minutes in, Wesley quickly tied the game and then gained the advantage on an unassisted goal by Drew Hammer, followed by a score by Lane Kocovsky with 9:16 left in the first period. IU's Bhelly Bagbonen scored his second goal of the quarter to tie the score at two after 15 minutes of action.
The Wolverines outscored the Mighty Macs, 5-1 in the second, paced by freshman Sam Seibert's two goals in the stanza. Wesley went into the half with a 7-3 lead and Jathan Mahaffey found the back of the cage on a pass from Seibert to open up a five goal lead just 31 seconds into the third.
Immaculata scored three-straight goals to close out the third, cutting the deficit to 8-6, but scores by Kocovsky and Mahaffey to open the fourth sealed the win for Wesley.
Kocovsky, Seibert and Mahaffey all tallied three points in their first-ever collegiate games as Kocovsky notched a hat trick, while the others scored twice and dished out one assist.
Dan Tryon grabbed a game-high seven ground balls and also scored a goal, giving Wesley a 3-2 advantage just 12 seconds into the second quarter. Ryan Morris caused four turnovers and scooped up five ground balls while goalkeeper Matt Ryan stopped 14 of Immaculata shots.
At the 'X', Michael McQuarrie dominated, winning 13-of-16 faceoffs.
Bagbonen tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists for the Might Macs.
Wesley returns to action on Saturday, February 23, when it hosts La Roche in a 1 pm start.