Wesleyan Drops Heartbreaker to No. 7 Amherst in Overtime, 18-17

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Harry Stanton '18 scored a game-high six goals, but the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team dropped a NESCAC overtime thriller to Little Three rival and No. 7 Amherst College Wednesday night, 18-17.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 6-3, 2-3 NESCAC
Amherst: 8-2, 4-1 NESCAC

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Cardinals outscored Amherst in the first quarter, 6-2, and held a 13-10 lead entering the fourth quarter but the visitor's rallied late, including a game-tying goal with :02 left in regulation, to steal the victory in overtime.
  • Stanton shined and led all players with six goals, while Quentin DellaFera '16 tallied five points (2 G, 3 A) and five ground balls. Niall Devaney '16, Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Carter Hawthorne '19 all scored two goals. Ben Shively '18 registered a goal and a team-high eight ground balls, and Jason Gibson '17 and Ryan Lynch '18 each tallied one. Ted Bergman '17 made 16 saves in net for the Cardinals.
  • Amherst was led by Quinn Moroney, who recorded nine points on three goals and six assists. Kane Haffey was the recipient of most his assists and finished with four goals, while Dylan Park scored three and Chris Albanese and Evan Wolf tallied two each. Ian Kadish pulled in a game-high 10 ground balls and goalkeeper Cody Tranbarger made nine saves between the posts.
  • The Cardinals were outscored 7-4 in the fourth quarter, and went the length of the field in the closing seconds as Moroney found Haffey for the game-tying score with :02 to play. In OT, Amherst recovered a turnover after the faceoff and scored shortly after.
  • The visitor's outshot Wesleyan 56-43 and won 21-of-37 face offs. The Cardinals went 4-for-6 on man-up opportunities and 17-for-18 on clear attempts.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wesleyan scored the first two goals of the game, in just over four minutes, to take an early lead.
  • After an Amherst goal at the 9:55 mark cut the deficit to one, DellaFera found the back of the net several minutes later and then dished one off to Stanton on a man-up opportunity with 4:03 to play in the quarter as the Cardinals went ahead, 4-1.
  • Chris Albanese got Amherst within two just minutes later, but Lynch won the ensuing faceoff and raced down the field to send one to the back of the net. Just 23 seconds later, the sophomore found Shively for another Wesleyan goal as the home team took a 6-2 lead after one.
  • Amherst slowly cut into the lead and trailed 7-5 with 7:19 to play in the half after an unassisted score by Park.
  • Less than two minutes later, Wesleyan took advantage of a man-up opportunity as Hawthorne connected with Stanton. However, the Cardinals would be held scoreless the remaining 5:33 of the half as Amherst scored three-straight goals, including one with :14 to play before the break, as it evened the score at 8-8.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wesleyan scored the first three goals of the second half to go ahead by three, 11-8.
  • Charlie Gill snapped the Cardinals' run at the 4:44 mark, before Stanton and Hawthorne tacked on two more Wesleyan goals to go ahead by four.
  • Moroney cut the deficit to three in the closing minutes to make it a 13-10 game heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
  • Similar to the third quarter, Wesleyan came out hot and scored three-consecutive goals from Devaney, Gibson and Hawthorne, respectively. Hawthorne's goal at the 12:10 mark put the Cardinals ahead by six, 16-10 – their largest lead of the game.
  • Despite the momentum in Wesleyan's favor, a man-up goal by the visitor's with 7:34 to play, followed by a quick goal off the faceoff by Haffey just eight seconds later, jumpstarted a 4-0 Amherst run.
  • Stanton ended the scoring streak at the 5:33 mark after receiving an assist from DellaFera, but Moroney found the back of the net shortly after to cut the lead to 17-15 with 3:20 to play.
  • Moroney and Haffey connected once again with 1:07 on the clock following a man-up opportunity, and with seconds to play in regulation, Tranbarger intercepted a deep throw from Bergman. Amherst got down the field quickly as Moroney dished it off to Haffey to force overtime.

OVERTIME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wesleyan won the faceoff but turned the ball over shortly after. Following an Amherst timeout, the visitor's passed the ball around until Michael Litner found Dylan Park for the game-winner with 3:05 on the clock.

UP NEXT

  • The Cardinals return to the field Saturday, April 9 and will play on the road against their other Little Three rival, Williams College. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
  • Amherst is back in action Saturday as well and will host Colby College at 1 p.m.