BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Wesley College Men's Lacrosse team played to a first half draw with Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon, but were outscored down the stretch as the Wolverines fell 11-7 to the Eagles.
Sam Seibert finished with four goals while Nate Gemmato led the Wolverines with two assists. Gemmato went 7-for-8 in the faceoff circle and scooped a team-high seven ground balls. Nolan Vesey also scooped seven ground balls while recording a team-high five caused turnovers. Cody Ireland made 15 saves in net but took the loss between the pipes.
The Navy and White outplayed the Eagles in many aspects of the game, winning 15 out of 21 faceoffs, and earning 36 ground balls to the hosts 25. The Wolverines were plagued by the penalty though, giving the Eagles 11 chances on the man advantage with Bridgewater cashing in on two of them.
The Eagles got on the board first, but Seibert netted three straight goals to give Wesley an early 3-1 lead. Bridgewater responded with a goal before the end of the quarter making it 3-2 after the first frame. In the second quarter, Seibert chimed in for his fourth and John Chenault netted a goal off of an assist from Ryan Ramsey. Three Bridgewater goals made the score 5-5 at the halftime break.
In the second half, Wesley struggled to generate an offense as they were whistled for seven penalties. The extra-man advantages gave Bridgewater two goals. The Eagles built the momentum to take a lead and continue to stifle the Wolverine offense as Wesley continued to look for opportunities. Jack Redefer and Hunter Coho each scored in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Navy and White to overcome the deficit as Bridgewater earned the 11-7 win.
Wesley falls to 2-3 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday, March 9 when they travel to Buena Vista, Va. to open their conference schedule with a matchup against Southern Virginia University.