Wingate Holds off Molloy for Second Victory

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate University took an early lead and never relinquished it, earning a 9-7 NCAA Division II men's lacrosse victory over visiting Molloy (N.Y.) College Sunday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. The host Bulldogs are 2-0 overall, while the Molloy Lions drop both games during their swing through the Tar Heel State.

Wingate junior midfield Bryan Bayliss (Lorton, Va.) had two goals and one assist to lead the Bulldog offense. Junior attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) contributed two goals for the hosts. Molloy senior midfield Jimmy Davis (Levittown, N.Y.) led all scorers with two goals and three assists Sunday.

The Bulldogs led 3-1 at halftime, thanks to single goals from Bayliss and sophomore midfields Garrett Kendall (Greer, S.C.) and Jackson Bunn (Wilmington, N.C.). Sophomore attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.) assisted on the Bayliss and Kendall goals as Wingate took a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. Bunn's goal at the 5:37 mark was the only score in the second quarter.

Scoring picked up in the second half, as both teams tallied six goals. Sophomore midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) opened the second half scoring on an assist from Kendall at the 11:34 mark to put the Bulldogs up 4-1. The three-goal bulge was Wingate's largest of the day.

The Lions cut the deficit to one on two occasions, but they could not get over the hump. An unassisted goal by Molloy sophomore midfield Kevin Catalano (Levittown, N.Y.) cut the margin to 4-3 with 9:33 remaining in the third frame. Catalano was one of three Molloy players to score two goals Sunday.

Bayliss tallied an unassisted at 6:09 to put Wingate up 5-3. Molloy answered at 4:53 on a goal by junior attack Ryan Kudlek (Oceanside, N.Y.). He was assisted on the play by senior midfield Steven Genovese (Wantagh, N.Y.). Lee and freshman midfield Alex Despo (Waxhaw, N.C.) closed the third stanza with unassisted goals to give the Bulldogs a 7-4 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Molloy would get no closer than two in the final 15 minutes.

Wingate had 37 shots to Molloy's 35 shots. The Bulldogs won 11 of the 19 face-offs, including nine of 14 in the pivotal second half. Both Despo and freshman midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) scored their first collegiate goals after winning second half face-offs. Despo won five of the six face-offs he attempted. Both teams converted one extra-man opportunity.

Wingate junior goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) earned his second victory of the young season. In 60 minutes, he allowed seven goals and recorded nine saves. Molloy junior goalkeeper Glenn Greubel (Merrick, N.Y.) worked 59-plus in a losing effort. He surrendered nine goals and posted 12 saves.

The Bulldogs return to action next Sunday (Feb. 27), hosting Mercyhurst (Pa.) College at 2:00 p.m. The Wingate University Sports Network will provide a PPV live video stream for the contest. Molloy opens the home portion of its 2011 schedule the same day, entertaining Saint Anselm (N.H.) College at 1:00 p.m.


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