Wingate vs. Catawba
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
Wingate, N.C.----The ninth-ranked Wingate University lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-2 lead, then held on defeat the Catawba College Indians 10-7 Saturday afternoon in Deep South Lacrosse action at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. Wingate improves to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the DSC, claiming the 2008 regular season title. Catawba falls to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the DSC.

Wingate junior attack Greg Williams (Woodbridge, Va.) led the way with two goals and an assist. Redshirt junior attack Mark Hodsdon (Hilton Head, S.C.) and senior midfielder Bob Chinn (Mooresville, N.C.) added two goals each for the Bulldogs.

Senior attack Kurt Green (San Diego, Calif.) led the Catawba offense with three goals. Freshman attack Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, Mass.) added two goals for the visiting Indians.

Hodsdon netted his first goal of the game at the 8:01 mark of the first period to give Wingate a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs would score the next four goals of the game, capped by a goal from junior attack Ryan Otterblad (Dumfries, Va.) to give the hosts a 6-1 lead with 12:16 remaining in the first half.

Green responded with a goal 67 seconds later to cut the lead to four. Chinn had the answer, registering his second goal of the afternoon at the 10:44 mark of the second quarter, putting the Bulldogs up 7-2. Senior midfielder Dan Cook (Williamsburg, Va.) and senior attack Kyle Costello (Wilmington, N.C.) each added goals in the next five minutes to make it 9-2. Tuohy scored with 2:18 remaining in the half, cutting the Catawba deficit to 9-3 heading into intermission.

Sophomore midfielder Nick Desper (Carrboro, N.C.) scored at the 4:49 plateau of the third period to cut the lead to five at 9-4. Williams tallied an extra-man goal on an assist from Costello to boost Wingate’s lead to 10-4 with 2:11 remaining in the third frame. The Bulldogs would not score again as they withstood a furious Catawba rally.

Tuohy scored at the 7:46 mark of the fourth, followed by a goal from Green with 5:32 remaining to trim the Catawba deficit to 10-6. Indian sophomore midfielder J.P. Lupetin (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored with 2:55 to play to account for the final 10-7 margin.

Catawba held a 35-32 advantage in shots, while Wingate held a 21-15 edge in shots on goal. The Bulldogs registered a 53-31 advantage in groundballs. Wingate won 17-of-20 face-offs, with Chinn winning 15-of-18 encounters. Chinn added 13 ground balls to his statistics ledger Saturday.

Wingate senior goalkeeper David Suthers (Manassas, Va.) had eight saves for the Bulldogs. Catawba senior goalie Ben Huber (Westminster, Md.) had 11 saves for the Indians. Both netminders played 60 minutes Saturday.

Both teams will play in the Deep South Conference tournament on Friday at Mars Hill. Wingate will be the number one seed; the Bulldogs will play the fourth-seed Lions of Saint Leo University. Catawba will be the number two seed in the tournament. The Indians will face the third-seed Lions of host Mars Hill College. The semi-finals are slated for Friday, with the championship contest scheduled for Sunday.

(Wingate University assistant sports information director Hugh Patton wrote this article. Patton is a 2006 Wingate graduate with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies.)