WILMINGTON – Zac Chutcha’s goal just over a minute into overtime lifted the Wilmington College men’s lacrosse team to a 15-14 victory over Adrian College in the home opener for the Fightin’ Quakers Saturday afternoon.
The Fightin’ Quakers scored the first four goals of the game including a hat trick for Jhordan Lang in the first eight minutes. The Bulldogs battled back in the final two minutes of the quarter as Brayden Adrian cut Adrian’s deficit to two.
Wilmington opened the second quarter with goals from three different individuals – Zac Chutca, Andrew Miller, Jadon Flannery – scored in the first six minutes. Similar to the first quarter, Adrian ended the half with two goals and went to the lock room trailing 7-4 at halftime.
The Bulldogs used that momentum to open the second half with a flourish as the visitors netted four goals to tie the game 7-7. Goals from Andrew Miller and Lang gave Wilmington the lead once again, but two goals from Adrian in the final 45 seconds left the hosts trailing 10-9 after three quarters.
Wilmington opened the fourth quarter scoring three straight goals by three individuals – Eric Wathen, Chucta, Diment – to regain a 12-10 edge. Adrian responded with three goals of its own to hold a brief 13-12 edge, but Michael Turner found Miller to tie the game 13-13 with 6:41 remaining.
Diment scored unassisted with 6:35 to play, breaking a 13-13 deadlock, but Adrian rallied again to tie things with 1:38 to play.
In overtime, Diment won the face-off, setting up the Quakers for the win. Chutca circled the net and fired a shot past Bulldog goalkeeper Peter Dugan for the game-winning goal.
Individually, Lang finished with four goals and three assists on nine shots. Miller added three goals while Diment had two. Brayden Adrian had six goals for the Bulldogs in defeat.