Wingate Survives for Win Versus Belmont Abbey

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate University sophomore attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) scored a career-high five goals and added an assist as the Bulldogs defeated Belmont Abbey College 12-9 in NCAA Division II men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate campus.

The host Bulldogs bolted to a 7-1 advantage after one quarter and withstood a furious Crusader rally. Wingate is 2-4 overall, while Belmont Abbey falls to 1-2 overall. The Bulldogs host Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) University Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Wingate University Sports Network will provide a live PPV video stream of the Wingate-WJU contest. The BAC Crusaders stay on the road Wednesday, visiting Mars Hill College for a 6:00 p.m. contest.

Wingate started hot, as the Deep South Conference member Bulldogs took a 5-0 lead on Lee's second goal at the 4:16 mark of the opening frame. Wingate sophomore midfield Bryan Bayliss (Lorton, Va.) assisted Lee on the play. Both Bayliss and junior attack Billy Mutton (Mechanicsville, Va.) contributed one goal and one assist each to the opening 5-0 flurry.

Belmont Abbey junior midfielder Nick Boylan (Canandiagua, N.Y.) put the visiting Crusaders on the board with 3:15 to go in the first quarter, converting an assist from freshman midfielder Dan Morrissey (Manhasset, N.Y.). Boylan had the Bulldogs' number Saturday, tallying a team-high four goals.

The Bulldogs responded, finishing the first stanza with goals by redshirt sophomore midfielder Travis Barrett (Andover, N.J.) and Lee. Mutton assisted on Barrett's man-up goal, while freshman midfielder Andy Olson (Wilmington, N.C.) provided the helper on Lee's third goal of the quarter.

The Crusaders started their rally in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals to cut an 8-2 deficit to an 8-5 margin on a goal by senior midfielder Miles Elliott (Annapolis, Md.) at the 4:05 mark. Wingate freshman midfielder Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) closed out the second quarter scoring with 71 seconds left, giving the Bulldogs a 9-5 lead at intermission.

Wingate nudged its lead to 11-6 in the third quarter, thanks to a goal and an assist by freshman attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.). Lee added a tally in the third frame.

Belmont Abbey made its move, scoring the first three goals of the wild-and-wonderful fourth quarter. Boylan completed the 3-0 mini-run with back-to-back scores to pull the visitors within 11-9. Morrissey gave the assist on Boylan's second fourth-quarter tally with 6:19 to play in the contest.

Lee closed out the scoring with an unassisted score at the 4:48 mark. The Northwest Guilford High School product leads the Bulldogs with 13 goals this season.

The Crusaders had their chances, as Wingate was charged with three slashing penalties at the 3:18 plateau. The Bulldogs' man-down defense rose to the occasion, holding Belmont Abbey scoreless for the entire three-minute EMO span.

Belmont Abbey pelted the Wingate goal with 58 shots, posting a 19-2 advantage in the fourth quarter. By contrast, the host Bulldogs had 28 shots. The Crusaders could convert only one of six extra-man opportunities. Belmont Abbey had four EMO chances in the final frame. Wingate was four of 11 on EMO plays. The Bulldogs made 35 turnovers, compared to 19 for the Crusaders.

Wingate sophomore goalie Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) had a career-high 22 saves in 54-plus minutes of work. Bulldog freshman netminder Mason Cook (Hollywood, Md.) picked up a career-best six saves in five-plus minutes of action.

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