Wesley Loses Battle of Unbeatens to Salve Regina

DOVER, Del. Salve Regina outscored Wesley 6-0 in the third quarter and held on to defeat the Wolverines, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon in a match-up of undefeated non-conference foes at Scott D. Miller Stadium. Wesley now stands at 4-1 overall while the Seahawks improve to 6-0.

The Wolverines led 8-4 at the half but Salve Regina scored three-straight man-up goals to cut the deficit to a single goal with 8:06 remaining in the period. Curtis McKeon then tied the game with one of his three goals nearly three minutes later and the Seahawks added two more to take a 10-8 advantage into the fourth.

James Moss got Wesley back to within one with an unassisted tally 35 seconds into the fourth, but Salve Regina answered right back with a goal. Moss added another on an extra-man opportunity to cut it back to one with 4:21 remaining, but once again the Seahawks responded with another.

With just over a minute remaining, Alex Linder found Mike Rakos right in front of the net to cut the Salve Regina advantage to 12-11, but the Seahawks won the ensuing faceoff and held on to the ball for the final minute to seal the victory.

Early on, it looked like Wesley was going to run away with it, scoring the game's first four goals, each by a different Wolverine. Jack Redefer hit Sam Seibert for a goal at 14:17 then Drew Hammer recorded an unassisted tally just moments later. Redefer and Rakos then rattled the cage, giving the Wolverines a four-goal lead with 6:36 left in the opening quarter.

Salve outscored Wesley, 2-1 for the remainder of the first and scored the first two of the second quarter but Rakos scored two of the next three goals to extend Wesley's lead to four at the half.

Sam Kennedy had a career-day in goal for the Wolverines, stopping an impressive 26 shots on the day as Salve's 38 of 52 shots were on goal. Wesley had 53 shots on the day but just 27 were on target as Andrew Watkins made 16 saves.

Rakos led all players with six points on four goals and two assists while Redefer (1g, 2a) and Moss (3g) both contributed offensively.

Eric Bohns was also impressive on the defensive end, causing a team-high four turnovers while also picking up seven ground balls.

Wesley returns to action on Saturday, March 22, when it opens CAC play with a 1:00 pm faceoff against Christopher Newport.

2014-03-15



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