Catawba Earns DSC Victory at Wingate

Wingate, N.C.---Catawba College freshman attack Dave Banik (Marietta, Ga.) scored a career-high four goals to lead the visiting Indians to a 12-8 Deep South Conference victory over Wingate University Saturday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate campus.

Banik had two goals in the fourth quarter as Catawba (5-6 overall, 3-2 DSC) outscored Wingate (4-10 overall, 1-4 DSC) 4-1 in the pivotal final frame. The two teams will meet Tuesday in the first round of the 2010 DSC tournament. The contest will be played in Salisbury.

At the third quarter buzzer, Banik scored his second goal of the game to break a 7-7 tie and give Catawba the lead for good. He opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals on assists from junior attack Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, Mass.) to give the Indians a 10-7 advantage.

Catawba senior midfield Wayne Carbiener (Orlando, Fla.) concluded a 4-0 run with an unassisted goal at the 6:53 mark of the fourth quarter. The Indians took an 11-7 advantage following Carbiener's third goal of the season.

Wingate didn't quit, as freshman midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tallied an unassisted goal with 5:46 remaining to cut the Bulldog deficit to 11-8. Wingate could not find the back of the nets the rest of the way. Catawba freshman midfield Tom Cullop (New Windsor, Md.) finished the scoring by posting an unassisted goal with 51 seconds to play. Cullop added a team-high three assists Saturday.

Neither team led by more than two goals in the first three quarters. The Catawba Indians took a 5-3 lead when senior midfield C.J. Dunshie (Apex, N.C.) scored on an assist from Cullop to open the third quarter (14:25). Wingate responded with three unanswered goals to take its final lead of the contest.

Bulldog sophomore attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) sandwiched two goals around an unassisted tally by freshman attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.) to give Wingate a 6-5 edge with exactly five minutes remaining in the third frame. Lee's three scores Saturday give the Northwest Guilford High School product a team-best 26 goals this season.

Catawba sophomore attack Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, Canada) supported Banik's career day with three goals. Cullop had one goal and three assists, while Tuohy posted one goal and two assists.

Both goalies went the distance Saturday. Catawba sophomore Michael Pecchia (Coquitlum, B.C., Canada) allowed eight goals and posted seven saves. Bulldog sophomore goalie Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) took the loss. In 60 minutes, he recorded eight saves and surrendered 12 goals.

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WINGATE, NC -- Catawba secured a first-round home game for the upcoming Deep South Conference Lacrosse Tournament with a 12-8 win over host Wingate on Saturday afternoon at Belk Stadium and Martin Field. Freshman Dave Banik (Marietta, GA/Lassiter HS) scored four goals, three straight over a run in the second half, to help the Catawba Indians improve to 5-6 overall and 3-2 in the DSC. Wingate, who will travel to Catawba for Tuesday's first round tournament game, falls to 4-10 and 1-4.

The teams battled through nine scoreless minutes before Wingate got on the scoreboard first on a tally by David Lee. Freddie Turcio (Guilford, CT/Guilford HS) answered 14 seconds later and the teams ended the opening quarter tied at 1-all. Banik gave Catawba its first lead at the 13:48 mark of the second quarter. Goals by Derek Watts and Billy Mutton put the Bulldogs back on top, but Catawba was able to grab a 4-3 edge at the break on Marty Tuohy's (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) goal with 2:32 left before the half.

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