Wingate vs. Wheeling Jesuit
March 8, 2010
The Game Story:
Wingate, N.C.----Wingate University senior captain Angus Derbyshire (Thurmont, Md.) scored the game-winner with 1:05 remaining in the first overtime, leading the Bulldogs to a dramatic 9-8 victory over Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) University Monday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate campus.

The Bulldogs have won three straight games, improving their record to 3-4 overall. The WJU Cardinals (0-1 overall) were playing their season opener Monday. Wingate will host Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) University Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Wingate University Sports Network will provide a live PPV video stream of the Wingate-NDNU contest. Wheeling Jesuit visits Pfeiffer University Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Wheeling Jesuit won the face-off to begin the four-minute overtime frame. Cardinal senior attack Eric Jenkins (Pleasanton, Calif.) took a shot from the close right wing. Wingate sophomore goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) made the save and picked up the ground ball.

The Bulldogs completed their 25th successful clear (in 28 attempts), setting the stage for the game-winner. Wingate junior attack Billy Mutton (Mechanicsville, Va.) sailed a shot wide right and freshman attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.) collected the ground ball.

O’Donoghue passed the ball back into the goal mouth. Derbyshire picked up the ground ball and scored his only goal of the game from the close left wing. The goal is Derbyshire’s second game winner of the season. He scored the game-winning goal in Wingate’s 12-11 Deep South Conference victory at Florida Southern College March 3.

Wheeling Jesuit made a valiant comeback, scoring three goals in the last 5:31 of regulation to send the game to extra time. With Wingate leading 8-5, WJU senior midfielder Jeff Arneson (Wilmington, Ohio) tallied back-to-back goals to cut the Cardinal deficit to 8-7 with 2:14 to play in the fourth quarter. Junior Colin Jack (Pickerington, Ohio) tied the contest with 12 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Wingate led 6-2 late in the third quarter when Wheeling Jesuit scored three goals in 29 seconds to make things interesting. Jack capped the flurry on an assist from junior midfielder Phil Mergner (Hollywood, Md.) with 14:53 left in the fourth quarter. Mergner started the burst with 22 seconds to go in the third frame.

O’Donoghue, sophomore attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) and freshman attack Taylor Womble (Cary, N.C.) scored two goals each for the host Bulldogs. Lee added one assist to his statistics ledger. Dlugozima earned the victory in the nets, allowing seven goals and recording 13 saves in 49-plus minutes of playing time.

Jenkins, Arneson and Jack tallied two goals each for the visiting Cardinals. WJU senior midfielder John Dunbar (Eagan, Minn.) had two assists. Sophomore face-off man Andrew Moretz (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) had 15 victories in 19 face-off attempts for Wheeling Jesuit.

Wheeling Jesuit outshot Wingate 37-31. The Bulldogs won the ground ball battle, collecting 48 to 43 for the Cardinals. Neither team converted an extra-man opportunity, as Wheeling Jesuit was zero-for-three and Wingate was zero-for-four.