DOVER, Del. – Jathan Mahaffey tallied six points on four goals and two assists while two other Wolverines tallied hat tricks as the Wesley College men's lacrosse team defeated Cazenovia College, 18-9, on Wednesday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 3-2 on the year while the Wildcats fall to 0-3.
Wesley started out slowly falling behind 1-0 after a Wildcats goal with 4:54 left in the first half. The Wolverines called timeout immediately after the goal, and seven seconds later, Jack O'Neil won the faceoff and raced down the field and found Rakos for an easy goal to tie the game.
Rakos and Mahaffey tallied scores later in the period to give Wesley a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes of play. Mahaffey hit Seibert for an early second-quarter goal but the Wildcats responded for three-straight scores to tie the game at four with 8:17 remaining in the first half.
Once again Wesley responded quickly as Dan Tryon picked up a ground ball after a faceoff victory by Michael McQuarrie. Tryon then took it coast-to-coast to put the Wolverines back on top just 13 seconds later.
The Wolverines closed out the half with three more goals to take an 8-5 halftime lead. Cazenovia scored the opening goal of the third but that would be as close as it would get after a pair of unassisted goals by Mahaffey moved the lead back to four goals with 8:41 left in the third.
Seven fourth quarter goals by Wesley, including a pair by Brandenburg sealed the victory.
McQuarrie and O'Neil were dominant at the 'X' for the Wolverines combing to go 23-of-28 on faceoffs. Tyler Reasoner also won his lone faceoff on the day.
McQuarrie also had a game-high 11 ground balls while Tryon was credited with eight. Defensively, Wesley caused 22 of Cazenovia's 29 turnovers, led by Justin Sieburt's four. Kyle Funk and Sylvester Tatman also caused three mishaps apiece.
Matt Ryan made three saves in goal for Wesley, who outshot Cazenovia, 60-20.
A road trip to Eastern University is up next for Wesley on Saturday, March 16, at 1 pm.