Sneed's Goal Gives Wingate OT Victory over Shorter

Wingate, N.C.--- Wingate senior midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) scored the game-winner 93 seconds into the first overtime frame, helping the Bulldogs take a come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Shorter (Ga.) at the Irwin Belk Track Complex turf field Saturday afternoon. Bulldog freshman attack Austin Murphy (Orillia, Ontario) assisted on the golden goal (NCAA box score).

Wingate rallied from a four-goal third quarter deficit to take the victory, improving its 2014 ledger to 6-5 overall. The Shorter Hawks drop to 4-6 overall. The Bulldogs return to South Atlantic Conference play Saturday, visiting Mars Hill University for a 2:00 p.m. contest.

"When these guys believe in themselves...they can be very good," Wingate head men's lacrosse coach Michael Lawson says. "We kept fighting and kept clawing...I am proud of the way we overcame adversity throughout the game."

Wingate is 2-0 in overtime contests this season, as the Bulldogs earned a 15-14 triple overtime decision over the University of Mount Olive Saturday, Feb. 22 (at Wingate). Murphy had five goals in the triumph over the UMO Trojans; he led the way Saturday with three scores. Fittingly, Sneed and Murphy started the comeback for the hosts.

Sneed posted his first goal of the game with 7:05 remaining in the third quarter, cutting Wingate's deficit to 7-4. Murphy opened the fourth quarter scoring with another unassisted goal to make the score 7-5 Shorter with 12 minutes to play in regulation.

One minute later, SU junior attack Matt Kristiansen (Edmonton, Alberta) scored an extra-man opportunity goal to nudge the Hawks' lead back to three. Wingate responded with a 4-0 run, as four different Bulldogs contributed to the first WU lead of the afternoon.

Both Bulldog junior midfield Chase Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and sophomore attack Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, B.C.) had one goal and one assist each during the flurry. WU junior attack Cory Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) began the rally, scoring on a Watts assist with 9:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. Murphy was next, finding the back of the nets on an assist from Vogrig (8:31).

Sophomore midfield Andrew Gobble (Huntersville, N.C.) facilitated the next goal, making a big play to find Vogrig at the four-minute mark. The Vogrig score tied the game at 8-8 and marked the first tie of the afternoon. Watts gave Wingate its first advantage two minutes later on a dish from freshman attack Tanner Kotch (Butler, Pa.).

Matt Kristiansen wasted little time tying the game 9-9, as he scored an unassisted goal 11 seconds later. Kristiansen led the Hawks with four goals Saturday. Both teams had chances in the waning moments, but could not convert.

Wingate's only senior, Sneed won 15 of 21 face-offs for the victorious Bulldogs. Both Sneed and Watts scored two goals each. Kotch added one goal and a team-high two assists. Murphy contributed one assist to his three-goal afternoon.

Shorter had six extra-man opportunities with one goal scored. Wingate had three EMO chances with zero conversions. The Bulldogs outshot the Hawks 41-33, while holding a slim 37-31 edge in ground balls.

Both goalies went the distance. Wingate freshman net minder Michael Connor (Stockport, England) earned his second OT victory in as many tries, allowing nine goals (in 61:33) and posting 12 saves. Shorter sophomore goalie JR Willers (Lakeland, Fla.) had 11 saves, while surrendering 10 goals.

2014-03-29



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