Copyright 2019; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo of the seniors with head coach Christian Zwickert on April 13, 2019 vs. Post. Photo by Katlynne Tubo
Apr 13, 2019
NEWARK, Del. - - A four-goal first quarter helped propel the Wilmington University men's lacrosse team to a 9-7 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over Post on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex on Senior Day.
Trailing 2-1, the Wildcats (6-5, 1-1 CACC) scored the final three goals of the quarter and never looked back, never relinquishing the lead the rest of the game. Post (1-10 0-2 CACC) clawed to within a single goal on three different occasions, but the Wildcats always had an answer.
Jake Walsh tied the game, 2-2, with his lone goal of the game in the first quarter before Dylan McCleaft, and Ralph Ruggiero added goals towards the end of the opening quarter to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead.
Post scored the first goal of the second quarter to get to within 4-3, but the Wildcats answered with back-to-back goals from McCleaft to regain a 6-3 lead with 5:22 left before the half. The Eagles scored the final goal of the second quarter, but the Wildcats went into the break leading 6-4.
The Eagles got to within a goal again in the third by scoring first in the third, but Chris Smith gave the Wildcats a two-goal lead once more with his second of the day with 10:28 to play in the third quarter.
Smith then put the Wildcats up 8-5 with a goal to start the fourth quarter, but Post answered right back with back-to-back goals less than a minute apart, climbing to within 8-7 with 9:02 to play.
Post had nine shots following the goal until the 3:27 mark of the fourth quarter, but Noah Given made a couple of saves and got the help of a goalie's best friend on a shot that hit the post and stayed out.
The Wildcats then put the Eagles away with a goal with 37 seconds left, icing the game as Post was pressing with double teams.