WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.- Harry Stanton '18 lead the way with six goals as the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team took on Little Three Rival Williams College on Saturday afternoon, and defeated the Ephs by a score of 19-17.
Wesleyan: 7-3 (3-3 NESCAC)
Williams: 5-5 (2-4 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a back-and-forth game, the two teams ended the first quarter tied a four goals a piece.
- The second quarter saw 11 combined goals, with the Cardinals holding a 10-9 lead going into the half.
- The second half was much like the first with the two teams staying close, but the Cardinals were able to pull out the victory, 19-17.
- The Ephs held the edge in faceoffs, winning 25-39. They also outshot Wesleyan by a 48-45 margin, but the Cardinals managed to get more shots on goal, as they got 34 shots on cage compared to Williams 31.
- Groundballs were just about even, as the Ephs held the 41-40 advantage. Brian Bissell of Williams lead all players as he scooped up 14 groundballs in the game.
- Stanton lead Wesleyan with his five goals and two helpers on the afternoon. Christian Barker '19 lead the Cardinals with three assists in the game.
- Ted Bergman '17 earned the win for Wesleyan as he stopped 14 shots. Miles McCarthy of Williams made 15 saves on the afternoon.
- Michael Fahey had a game-high seven goals for Williams.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Wesleyan opened up a two goal lead as Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Stanton found the back of the net to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.
- Williams responded with two goals of their own as Fahey and Jack Lauroesch were able to get shots past Bergman to tie the game at 2.
- Stanton and Carter Hawthorne '19 would net goals for Wesleyan, while Fahey would get a first quarter hat trick as the teams ended 15 minutes of play tied at 4.
- Two goals by Williams in the second would give the home team a 6-4 advantage. Lauroesch and Thomas Fowler netted goals for the Ephs.
- Goals by Stanton and Hawthorne would tie the game yet again, this time at 6 all.
- Fahey would score two more goals in the half for Williams.
- Hawthorne, Quentin DellaFera '16 and Niall Devaney '16 would round out the scoring for Wesleyan, who went into halftime with a 10-9 lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Two early third quarter goals by Collin Hitter '18 and Hawthorne would give Wesleyan a three goal lead at 12-9.
- Peter Crane would bring the Ephs to within two at 12:47 with an unassisted goal.
- Wesleyan would respond as Stanton netted the extra man goal at 11:05 to put the Cardinals back up by 3 at 13-10.
- Fahey and Stanton would continue their scoring as they each netted a goal in the third.
- Wesleyan would enter the final quarter of play with a 15-13 advantage.
- Ghesquiere netted two fourth quarter goals for the Cardinals, while DellaFera and Ben Shively '18 accounted for the remaining two goals for Wesleyan in the quarter.
- Williams would also net four goals in the fourth as well, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals came out on top, 19-17.
- The Cardinals will be back in action on Tuesday, April 12 as they will travel to Trinity to take on the Bantams at 4 p.m.
- The Ephs will return to the field on Tuesday, April 12 as they will host Hamilton College. Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.