DOVER, Del. – Freshman Jathan Mahaffey recorded eight points on three goals and five assists to lead the Wesley College men's lacrosse team to a 21-13 victory over La Roche College on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 2-0 while the Redhawks fall in their season opener.
Mahaffey played a hand in each of the team's first two goals with a man-up assist to Lane Kocovsky to open the game just 53 seconds in, followed by a man-up goal off an assist from Kocovsky with 10:33 left in the first. Goals then came from Joe Donato, Sam Seibert and James Moss as Wesley opened a 5-0 lead midway through the opening period.
La Roche answered with two goals to close out the first period, but Wesley outscored the Redhawks, 5-3 in the second to take a 10-5 lead into the break. Five different players scored all of the Wolverines' goals in the second 15 minute session.
A native of Millersville, Md., Mahaffey scored the opening goal of the third period, and after an unassisted score from Nathan Gorski, Mahaffey found Drew Hammer for another score, giving Wesley its largest lead at 13-5 with 9:36 left in the quarter. The Redhawks got as close to within four at 14-10 with 12:01 left to play, but the Wolverines ended the game on a 7-3 run which included a goal and three assists from Mahaffey, who also tallied five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Patrick Lipari (1g, 3a), Donato (3g, 1a) and Kocovsky (2g, 2a) all record four points apiece while Mike Rakos (2g, 1a), Michael McQuarrie (2g), Seibert (2g) and Moss (2g) also had multi-point games. For the second-straight game, Dan Tryon had a monster game at defensive midfield with a goal and a game-high 11 ground balls. Wesley caused 20 turnovers on the afternoon, led by three apiece from Sylvester Tatman, Kyle Funk and David Gorski.
McQuarrie also won 15-of-25 faceoffs, while Jack O'Neil was victorious on 5-of-9 on the afternoon.
Wesley outshot La Roche, 64-39, on the day while Redhawks goalkeeper Eugene LaBorde made 24 saves. Matt Ryan stopped 12 shots for the Wolverines, who went 6-of-9 on man-up opportunities.
The Wolverines are back in action on Sunday, March 3, when they travel to play Ferrum in a 1 pm start.