Wingate Knocks off No. 11 Catawba

SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate earned home field advantage for the upcoming Deep South Conference tournament with an 8-2 win over host Catawba on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium. The Bulldogs improve to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the DSC, while the 11th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 9-3 and 4-2. The teams will meet again on Tuesday at Wingate in the first round of the tournament.

Wingate never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead after a quarter. Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, NC) scored just 54 seconds into the game to jump start the Bulldogs. Chase Clifton (Lexington, NC) added a goal with four minutes left in the first quarter and Bryan Bayliss (Lofton, VA) tallied at the 11:17 mark of the second quarter for a 3-0 edge.

Catawba got a goal by Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, CANADA/Christ the King) in the final minute of the half and another by Freddie Turcio (Guilford, CT/Guilford HS) at the 10:29 mark of the third quarter to get the Indians within a goal. David Lee (Greensboro, NC) got the Wingate two-goal lead back with 3:41 left in the third and the Bulldogs added four unanswered scores in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Lee and Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, PA) each had two goals and an assist to lead Wingate. Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, FL) made 13 saves in goal for the Bulldogs. Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods) also stopped 13 shots in goal for Catawba. The Indians played most of the game without pre-season All-American Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), who injured an ankle in Wednesday's win over Belmont Abbey.

The teams were in even with 30 shots apiece, while Wingate held a 43-32 edge in ground balls. Bryce Sneed (Apex, NC) helped the Bulldogs dominate the face-offs, winning 11 of his 13 attempts. Catawba won just three face-offs. Wingate went 1 of 5 on man-up tries, while not drawing a penalty of their own to deny the Indians any advantage situations.

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Salisbury, N.C.---Wingate University scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back, taking an 8-2 Deep South Conference victory over number 11 Catawba College Saturday night in Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.

Wingate is 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the DSC. Catawba falls to 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the DSC. The Bulldogs and the Indians will see each other again Tuesday, as Wingate hosts Catawba in the first round of the 2011 DSC tournament. The game will be played in Irwin Belk Stadium on the Wingate campus at a time to be announced.

Bulldog junior attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) and sophomore attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.) had two goals and one assist each to lead the Wingate offense. The Bulldog defense came to play, as Wingate limited the high-flying Catawba offense to two goals. The Indians entered the contest with 136 goals in 11 games.

Three different players scored Wingate's first three goals as the visiting Bulldogs took the 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. Wingate sophomore midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) scored only 54 seconds into the game to jump start the Bulldogs.

Wingate junior attack Chase Clifton (Lexington, N.C.) added a goal with four minutes left in the first quarter to give the visitors a 2-0 edge. Junior attack Bryan Bayliss (Lorton, Va.) finished the three-goal flurry (on an assist from O'Donoghue) with 11:17 remaining in the second stanza.

Catawba got a goal by junior attack Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario) in the final minute of the half. Indian junior midfield Freddie Turcio (Guilford, Conn.) tallied a goal at the 10:29 mark of the third quarter to get the hosts within a goal. Lee got the Wingate two-goal lead back with 3:41 left in the third and the Bulldogs added four unanswered scores in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

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