Wingate Celebrates Senior Day with SAC Win vs. Tusculum

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate bolted to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, collecting a 15-3 South Atlantic Conference victory over Tusculum at the Irwin Belk Track Complex turf field Saturday afternoon. Bulldog sophomore attack Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, B.C.) had four goals, while four teammates scored two goals each.

Wingate concludes the 2014 season 7-6 overall and 2-5 in the SAC. The Bulldogs more than triple their 2013 victory total while posting their first winning record since an 11-3 overall ledger in 2008. The TC Pioneers finish their inaugural men's lacrosse season 4-8 overall and 0-7 overall.

Bulldog freshman attack Austin Murphy (Orillia, Ontario) had two goals and four assists, while freshman attack Tanner Kotch (Butler, Pa.) posted two goals and three assists. Wingate junior midfield Cory Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) had two goals and one assist. Classmate Chase Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added two goals from his midfield position.

For Tusculum, freshman attack Ben Boyd (Bel Air, Md.) had three goals. Pioneer junior attack David Fernandes (McGraw, N.Y.) and junior midfield Steven Raimondi (Amherst, N.Y.) had one assist each. Wingate outshot Tusculum 40-22 with a 23-8 advantage in the first half.

Watts sandwiched two first-quarter goals around scores by Murphy and Schumacher, staking the Bulldogs to a 4-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. In the second stanza, three different Bulldogs scored one goal each while TC's Boyd tallied twice to make the score 7-2 at intermission.

Vogrig heated up in the second half, posting one goal in the third quarter and three in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs pull away. Murphy had three assists in the fourth frame, as the Bulldogs pitched a 5-0 shutout to finish the contest.

Wingate senior midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) concluded a record-setting career with another brilliant performance. Sneed won 17 of 21 face-offs and posted a game-high 14 ground balls. In addition, Sneed had one goal and two assists.

Bulldog freshman goalie Michael Connor (Stockport, England) collected the victory. In 53 minutes, he allowed three goals and recorded 11 saves. Wingate freshman Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.) finished the game. He had one save in seven minutes. Tusculum junior goalie John Perrucci (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) played 60 minutes. He gave up 15 goals and posted 19 saves.


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