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NEWARK, Del. - - A six-goal second quarter carried the Wilmington University men's lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Davis & Elkins on Wednesday at the WU Athletics Complex.
With the game tied 2-2 after the first quarter, and the Wildcats (3-1) down 3-2, early in the second quarter, the Wildcats rattled off six straight goals to end the second quarter and take an 8-3 lead into the halftime break.
Tied 2-2 after the first quarter, the Senators (0-3) scored on a man-down advantage in the early portion of the second quarter. But the Wildcats answered by going on a six-goal run to end the second quarter, extending that run to seven straight goals in taking a 9-3 lead early in the third quarter.
Trailing 3-2, the Wildcats' Sean Sheehan scored a goal on the man advantage to tie the game, then Chris Smith answered with an unassisted goal to give the Wildcats the lead for good, 4-3, with 12:38 to play in the second quarter. Dylan McCleaft kept the run going with a goal before Jake Walsh made it 6-3 with an unassisted goal with 6:41 showing on the first half clock.
Out of halftime, Anton Mackey scored his first goal of the year just 1:01 into the quarter, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of the game, 9-3, with 13:59 showing on the clock.
Ralph Ruggiero kept the Wildcats' lead at 10-4 with the first goal of the fourth quarter, before the Wildcats picked up insurance goals late in the game from TJ Maiura and McCleaft to give the final scored, 12-5.
The Wildcats continue their four-game home stretch with a game against Chowan next Wednesday. The face-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the WU Athletics Complex.