Salisbury, N.C. (April 20, 2007) – The Saint Leo University lacrosse team (7-8) fell 11-6 to Wingate University in the semi-finals of the 2007 Deep South Conference tournament in Shuford Stadium. Catawba College is the host for the 2007 DSC event.
With the victory, the number one seed Wingate Bulldogs (10-4 overall) avenged a close regular season loss to the number four seed Saint Leo Lions. Wingate will play the winner of the Catawba/Mars Hill semi-final in Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship game at Shuford Stadium in Salisbury.
For Saint Leo, All-DSC senior attack Ryan Harris (Vestal, N.Y.) led all scorers with four goals. Lion sophomore attack Benjamin Brigham (Scituate, Mass.) chipped in two goals for Saint Leo.
Wingate utilized a balanced scoring attack to take the victory. Eight Bulldogs scored goals Friday. Three players had two goals each: junior midfielder Stephen Torkington (Coronado, Calif.) and sophomore attack men Ryan Otterblad (Dumfries, Va.) and Greg Williams (Woodbridge, Va.). Wingate senior midfielder and All-DSC selection Bryan Safarik (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) contributed one goal and two assists.
Otterblad tallied both of his scores in the first quarter as the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. Williams scored at the 11:47 mark of the second quarter to complete Wingate’s opening 5-0 flurry. Williams was assisted on the play by junior attack Kyle Costello (Wilmington, N.C.).
Wingate outshot Saint Leo 32-27. Bulldog junior netminder David Suthers (Manassas, Va.) went the distance, recording nine saves. Suthers faced 27 shots and allowed six goals. Saint Leo freshman netminder David Erdman (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) also played 60 minutes. The 2007 DSC Freshman of the Year and an All-DSC choice, Erdman notched 14 saves. He faced 32 shots and permitted 11 goals.