Obermeyer Leads Saint Leo to Win at Wingate

Wingate, N.C.---Sophomore attack Matt Obermeyer scored five goals to lead Saint Leo to a 13-9 Deep South victory over Wingate at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on Saturday afternoon. Wingate is 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while Saint Leo improves to 4-4 and 3-2.

Obermeyer's man-up goal with 2:23 to play in the third quarter after Wingate junior midfielder Brandon Lowstetter was called for a push broke a 7-7 tie. The Lions added two goals in the span of two minutes, with Obermeyer scoring again with 47 seconds left in the quarter and junior midfielder Ray Ferrara's man-up goal with 14:10 to play in the game.

Saint Leo added two more goals in the next four minutes to take a 12-7 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Junior attack Derek Watts scored the final of his team-leading three goals with 2:07 to play, with Obermeyer adding another with 91 seconds left. Senior attack David Lee scored his 21st goal of the season with 1:04 to play on a man-up, but Saint Leo controlled possession for the rest of the game.

Wingate took a 1-0 lead on freshman midfielder Chase Watts' first collegiate goal 1:53 into the game. Saint Leo answered with the first of Obermeyer's five goals with 11:45 to play in the quarter. The Watts brothers would score back-to-back goals, with the younger Watts scoring his second with at the 11:31 mark of the first quarter and older brother Derek scoring his first of the game with 10:31 to go in the opening frame.

Following a SLU team (own) goal to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead, the Lions roared back with goals from Obermeyer, Ryan Burke, Alex Monteferrante and George Proechel to take a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Wingate senior Bryan Bayliss scored his 13th goal of the season with 13:37 left in the opening half and Derek Watts added his second of the game at 8:48 to give the 'Dogs a 6-5 halftime lead.

Wingate will hit the road on Wednesday afternoon, making the short trip to Pfeiffer for a 4:00 p.m. game. Saint Leo visits Tampa Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. DSC game.

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WINGATE, N.C. – Matt Obermeyer tallied five goals and one assist to lead Saint Leo to a 13-9 victory over Deep South opponent Wingate on Saturday afternoon in Wingate, N.C. The Lions advance their record to 4-4, and 3-2 in Deep South Conference action, while the Bulldogs drop to 4-5 and 3-3 in DSC play.

“We showed great composure after a slow start,” said head coach Brad Jorgensen. “Matt Obermeyer was outstanding today, and the goal from Doug Moore was the dagger of the day.”

Behind Obermeyer's game high five goals and six points, George Proechel and Chris Caiazza netted two goals and an assist apiece for three points on the day. Alex Moteferrante tabbed two points with a goal and an assist, while Ray Ferrara, Ryan Burke, and long stick defender Doug Moore tallied a goal each. Tom Horn wrapped up the Lions' scoring efforts with an assist on the afternoon.

In cage for the Green and Gold, Patrick Berry set aside eight shots while yielding nine and collecting two ground balls. His opposition for the Bulldogs, Danny Dlugozima, earned 16 saves while allowing 13 shots between the pipes.

Wingate put the first goal on the scoreboard for the day, scoring two minutes in thanks to a goal from Chase Watts. Obermeyer fired back at 11:45 to knot the score at 1-1, but Wingate rattled off two straight to extend their lead to 3-1 with 10:31 on the clock and Saint Leo own goal with 9:07 to go put the Bulldogs up by three, 4-1.

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