Mars Hill, N.C. (April 18, 2008) – Kyle Marceau (So., Concord, N.H.) scored the game-winning goal with 1:52 remaining in double-overtime to lift the Saint Leo University lacrosse team (8-7) to an 8-7 upset win over No. 9 ranked Wingate University (11-3) in the Deep South Conference Tournament Semifinals.
In an over and back contest, Wingate forced overtime by erasing a late two-goal deficit. The Bulldogs scored twice in an 18-second span with under two minutes left in regulation to send the game into OT. Neither team could find the net in the first overtime and with time winding down in the second extra period Marceau netted the winner on an assist from DSC Freshman of the Year Gregg Geiss (Syracuse, N.Y.).
The Lions will face Mars Hill College on Sunday in the Deep South Conference Tournament Final at 2:00 p.m. Mars Hill upset Catawba in Friday's other semifinal, winning 11-10. The 2008 DSC Tournament is being hosted by Mars Hill.
Marceau finished the game with two goals, while Ryan Pomponio (Jr., Garden City, N.Y.) scored three goals and added an assist in the win. Geiss and Benjamin Brigham (Jr., Scituate, Mass.) finished with two assists apiece. Saint Leo goalkeeper DJ Garry (So., Greenwood, Ind.) made 11 saves in net for the victory.
Pomponio scored twice in the first quarter to take an early 2-0 lead. Wingate returned the favor in the second quarter, as the Bulldogs scored three straight goals to carry a 3-2 lead into half-time.
Marceau tied the game early in the third quarter with a man-down goal, but Wingate regained the advantage with 6:54 left in the third. Andrew Sousa (Sr., Scituate, Mass.) again evened the score with 4:14 left to make it 4-4 heading into the fourth quarter.
Wingate led 5-4 early in the fourth, but Saint Leo scored three unanswered goals to open up a two-goal lead with Pomponio capping off the run to give the Lions a 7-5 lead with 2:19 left in regulation. The Bulldogs got the two late tallies to force the overtime.
The first overtime went scoreless, with Wingate taking three shots while Saint Leo took zero. Garry (Greenwood, Ind.) registered saves on two of those shots, setting up the game-winner for the Lions.