DOVER, Del. – Despite a career-high eight points by Jack Redefer, the Wesley College men's lacrosse team was edged by DeSales University, 11-10, on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines fall to 2-1 on the year while the Bulldogs even their record at 2-2.
Redefer tallied four goals and four assists for Wesley, who led at one point, 5-2 with 13:47 left in the first half. A junior from Lewes, Del., Redefer's first goal of the game gave the Wolverines the three-goal advantage but the Bulldogs responded 32 seconds later and closed the half with four-straight goals to take a 6-5 halftime lead.
Redefer found the back of the net after a great pass by Sylvester Tatman set him up for the first goal of the second half and e assisted on Nate Gemmato's (3g, 1a) man-up goal, giving Wesley back the lead at 7-6 with 9:45 left in the third.
DeSales once again closed the period with a fury, scoring three unanswered goals to close the quarter and taking a 9-7 lead into the fourth. Redefer assisted on James Moss' (2g) man-up goal to open the fourth, and following a Bulldogs goal, Redefer scored on a man-up with a Gemmato assist to cut the deficit to 10-9 with 11:15 left in regulation.
Lance Bracale answered for DeSales, driving through the middle of the defense and beating goalkeeper Josh Dean who stopped 11 shots on the day, with 7:47 remaining. Redefer scored the final goal of the game with 6:05 remaining with an assist by Joe Fingles but the Wolverines were unable to get the equalizer.
Both teams were nearly statistically identical with DeSales holding a narrow 35-31 advantage on shot attempts while the Wolverines taking the ground ball battle, 36-32. Wesley turned the ball over 25 times while the Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers.
Tyler Newman and Bruce Peditto recorded four points apiece to lead DeSales while goalkeeper Matt Warnken was credited with 12 saves.
The Wolverines will look to regroup when it travels to Fort Mill, S.C., on Saturday, March 14, to take on Piedmont in a 2 pm start.