Rakos’ OT Goal Gives Men’s Lacrosse 1st CAC Win
DOVER, Del. – Mike Rakos scored with 2:32 left in overtime to give the Wesley College men's lacrosse team an 8-7 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday night at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 5-7 on the year and 1-4 in the CAC while the Saints fall to 7-6 overall and 0-5 in league play.
The Wolverines trailed, 6-4, going into the final quarter but a pair of assists from Lane Kocovsky led to goals by Sam Seibert and Rakos, tying the game at six with 4:34 left in regulation. Just 34 seconds later, Nathan Gorski made a move and snuck one past Marymount goalkeeper Derek DiGiovanni, giving Wesley its first lead of the game since Jathan Mahaffey put the Wolverines on top, 1-0, with 3:03 left in the first.
Marymount got the equalizer with 1:10 left in the fourth but a late Saints penalty gave Wesley an extra man for the closing seconds and for less than a minute of the opening overtime. Despite not capitalizing on the extra-man, Seibert found Rakos behind the goal. Rakos then deked his defender and beat DiGiovanni for the game-winner.
Seibert led the Wolverines with three points on a goal and two assists Matt Ryan made 16 saves in goal. Wesley also got solid defensive efforts from Eric Bohns, Kyle Funk, David Gorski and Michael McQuarrie, who all had at least two caused turnovers. McQuarrie also won 6-of-9 faceoffs and tied with David Gorski and Joe Donato with a team-high five ground balls.
DiGiovanni made 21 saves for the Saints, who got four assists from Ian Gordon and three points from Connor Kellogg (2g, 1a).
Wesley closes out the regular season on the road when they travel to Frostburg for a CAC matchup on April 20 at 12 pm, followed by a 1 pm non-conference tilt at Bethany (W.V.) the day after.