Wesley Falls to St. Mary's (Md.) in High-Scoring Battle

DOVER, Del. - St. Mary's (Md.) scored the first six goals of the game to keep a pesky Wesley College squad at arms length and take a 23-16 win from the Wolverines.

The Seahawks (7-7, 5-2 CAC) jumped out to 6-0 lead before Wesley (7-8, 1-6 CAC) broke through with a free position shot by Alyssa Prudente (Hereford, Md./Hereford) with 13:09 left on the clock.

After a goal by Kelsey Branch, Nina Cornog (Wilmington, Del./Concord) trimmed the deficit to five with a score with 11:25 remaining in the half. St. Mary's, however, went on a four goal run to stretch their lead to 11-2 with 4:58 to go.

Wesley's Chelsea Buttacavoli (Brick, N.J./Marlboro), Brooke Bennett (Milton, Del./Cape Henlopen) and Jen Jacobs (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) all scored in the final 3:34 to cut it to 11-5 at the break.

In the second half, the Wolverines trailed 13-8 after free position goals by Cornog and Sheree Pleasanton (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) with 25:18 to play. The Seahawks used three goals from Lauriann Parker to fuel a five goal run that stretched the lead back to 18-8 with 19:13 to go after a score by Nora Fallon-Oben.

Wesley went on a 6-1 run of its own, however, that included four goals by Jacobs and a pair by Buttacavoli to pull within 19-14 with 10:49 left in the contest.

St. Mary's outscored the Wolverines 4-2 down the stretch to put the game away.

Fallon-Oben finished with seven goals and a pair of assists to lead all players with nine points. Parker added three goals and three assists, while Branch added a pair of scores and three assists. Parker also had five draw controls. Hannah Cooley forced four turnovers.

Jacobs had five goals for the Wolverines, while Cornog and Buttacavoli added three apiece. Prudente and Jorden Lutz (Collingswood, N.J./Collingswood) each had five draw controls.

Alyssa Batty (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) played the first 45:47 in goal for Wesley, making nine saves and picking up five ground balls. Amanda Hudson (Frederica, Del./St. Thomas More) finished the game with three saves in 14:13.

Colleen Simpson and Katie Hammerer each played a half for St. Mary's, making a combined five saves.

Sloppy conditions made possession difficult, as the two squads were a combined 20 of 45 on clears.

2010-04-13



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