Rakos' OT Goal Gives Wesley CAC Win over Marymount

DOVER, Del. Mike Rakos scored with 2:32 left in overtime to give Wesley an 8-7 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday night at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 5-7 on the year and 1-4 in the CAC, while the Saints fall to 7-6 overall and 0-5 in league play.

The Wolverines trailed, 6-4, going into the final quarter but a pair of assists from Lane Kocovsky led to goals by Sam Seibert and Rakos, tying the game at six with 4:34 left in regulation. Just 34 seconds later, Nathan Gorski made a move and snuck one past Marymount goalkeeper Derek DiGiovanni, giving Wesley its first lead of the game since Jathan Mahaffey put the Wolverines on top, 1-0, with 3:03 left in the first.

Marymount got the equalizer with 1:10 left in the fourth but a late Saints penalty gave Wesley an extra man for the closing seconds and for less than a minute of the opening overtime. Despite not capitalizing on the extra-man, Seibert found Rakos behind the goal. Rakos then deked his defender and beat DiGiovanni for the game-winner.

Seibert led the Wolverines with three points on a goal and two assists Matt Ryan made 16 saves in goal. Wesley also got solid defensive efforts from Eric Bohns, Kyle Funk, David Gorski and Michael McQuarrie, who all had at least two caused turnovers. McQuarrie also won 6 of 9 faceoffs and tied with David Gorski and Joe Donato with a team-high five ground balls.

DiGiovanni made 21 saves for the Saints, who got four assists from Ian Gordon and three points from Connor Kellogg (2g, 1a).

Wesley closes out the regular season on the road when they travel to Frostburg for a CAC match-up on April 20 at 12:00 p.m., followed by a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt at Bethany (W.V.) the day after.

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Arlington, Va. Marymount fell 8-7 in overtime on the road at Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley on Wednesday night. The Saints drop to 7-6 overall and 0-5 in league play.

Connor Kellogg, Nico Burns and George Pugh each scored a pair of goals to lead the Saints while Jack Burke added another. Ian Gordon contributed four assists with Kellogg chipping in another.

One of the top man-up situation teams in the nation, the Saints went 3 for 5 on the day including 3 for 4 in the second quarter.

Defensively, Max Rowse and Chris Madison paced MU with three caused turnovers each. Rowse and Gordon both collected five ground balls while Kellogg, Pugh and Madison all added three.

In goal, Derek DiGiovanni hauled in 21 saves in the loss. Mike Rakos led Wesley (5-7, 1-4 CAC) with two goals.

Marymount returns to action on Saturday as it closes out the regular season on the road at CAC rival Mary Washington.


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