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Lacrosse Settles for Share of Lacrosse Championship With Loss to Wingate


SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate defeated host Catawba 12-4 to claim a share of the 2007 Deep South Conference Lacrosse Championship.  The Bulldogs improve to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the DSC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 5-6 and 3-1.  Wingate will be the top seed in next weekend’s tournament by virtue of its win over the Indians. 

Catawba held a 3-2 lead after a quarter using a 14-4 edge in shots.  Mike Dolesh (Aquasco, MD) scored two of his three goals in the period.  Wingate would tie the score early in the second on the first of four goals by Ryan Otterblad (Dumfries, VA) then took control with four goals in the final five minutes before the half.  Brian Safarik (Vancouver, BC, CANADA) had two goals in the burst and finished the game with four goals and three assists.

The Bulldogs went up 8-3 on a goal by Safarik to start the third quarter before Dolesh ended the six-goal streak for Catawba at the 11:19 mark.  Wingate would add three more goals in the quarter and another in the fourth for the final margin.  Wingate outshot Catawba 32-17 over the final three quarters.

Wingate will face Saint Leo in the first of Friday’s semifinals, which will be held at Catawba’s Shuford Stadium.  Catawba will tangle with Mars Hill in the second semifinal.  The winners will advance to Sunday afternoon’s final.

WINGATE (9-4, 3-1) 2 5 4 1 --  12
CATAWBA (5-6, 3-1) 3 0 1 0 --   4

Composite Scoring (Goals-Assists)
Wingate: Safarik 4-3, Torkington 2-3, Otterblad 4-0, Bayliss 1-2, Costello 1-0, Chinn 0-1.
Catawba: Dolesh 3-0, Carbiener 1-0, Green 0-1.

Goaltending  Min Allwd Saves W/L
David Suthers (W)  55     4     9  W
Evan Watts (W)   3     0     0
Chad Watson (W)   2     0     2
Ben Huber (C)  53    12     8  L
Will Reedy (C)   7     0     0

Shots:  Wingate 36, Catawba 31
Ground Balls: Wingate 30, Catawba 28
Faceoffs: Wingate 13-19, Catawba 6-19
Man-up: Catawba 1-4, Wingate 0-11
Penalties-Minutes: Catawba 12-10:00, Wingate 5-3:30

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