By: Jared Wilcox
DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College men's lacrosse team rallied late in the fourth quarter but fell short, 4-3 in a defensive battle at home against the Mount Union Purple Raiders.
The Wolverines and Purple Raiders traded goals back-and-forth in the first quarter. Wesley gained the first lead of the day, 1:15 into the game when Josh Wassum would pick his own rebound and found the back of the net. Mount Union's Sean O'Loughlin tied the game at one just four minutes later.
Wassum put Wesley back up one two minutes later when he netted his second goal of the quarter. Just before the end of the first period, Mount Union capitalized on a Wesley penalty and Seamus McCartin put away a man-up opportunity.
Mount Union used their momentum from the end of the first quarter and scored a pair of goals in the second quarter to go up 4-2 on Wesley heading into the halftime break.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Wolverines looked to get a rally going in the fourth. Just under ten minutes left in regulation, Chris Smith scored off of a feed from Wassum to cut the Mount Union lead to 4-3.
Mount Union was able to hold Wesley off for the rest of the quarter and ended up stealing the win away from the Wolverines.
Wassum paced Wesley in today's effort with two goals and an assist. Carlin Fernandez picked up a team-high five ground balls
Seamus McCartin had two goals and an assist for Mount Union.
The Wolverines (1-2) will be back in action on Wednesday, March 7 when they host the Bridgewater Eagles. Faceoff from Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium is set for 3 p.m.