MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Harry Stanton '18 scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help lift the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team to a thrilling 12-11 win over NESCAC rival and No. 8 Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Jackson Field.
Wesleyan: 9-3, 5-3 NESCAC
Bowdoin: 9-3, 6-2 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After an even first half, which saw Wesleyan take a 7-6 lead at halftime, the Cardinals defense shut out Bowdoin in the third quarter to go ahead by four entering the final 15 minutes of regulation.
- However, the Polar Bears scored four unanswered goals – three from Shawn Daly – including back-to-back scores with 0:28 and 0:21 to play in regulation to force overtime. In the OT period, Stanton found the back of the net at the 2:26 mark to lift the Cardinals to victory.
- Taylor Ghesquiere '18 excelled for Wesleyan and totaled six points, five goals and one assist, while Stanton, Christian Barker '19 and Carter Hawthorne '19 each scored twice. Barker also had an assist to total three points, while Niall Devaney '16 added a score and Quentin DellaFera '16 dished out three assists. Stanton led the team with five ground balls, and Ted Bergman '18 made 11 saves in net, while Stephen Kovalsky '18 made two in 2:03.
- Bowdoin was led by Daly with four goals and one assist, while Daniel Buckman recorded a goal and three assists and Matthew Crowell tallied three scores. Sam Carlin led all players with nine ground balls, and goalkeeper Peter Mumford made seven saves between the posts.
- Wesleyan went a perfect 2-for-2 on man-up opportunities, while Bowdoin went 1-for-5. The Polar Bears, however, outshot the Cardinals 39-37 and won 16-of-25 face offs.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The first half went back-and-forth often.
- Bowdoin scored just 45 seconds into play, off an unassisted score by Buckman, but goals from Stanton and Barker put Wesleyan ahead 2-1 at the 6:26 mark. Barker's score was assisted by DellaFera and occurred during a man-up opportunity.
- Both teams exchanged goals in the closing seconds of the first quarter, as Buckman found Crowell at the 0:30 mark to even the score, before DellaFera connected with Ghesquiere with just 0:05 remaining to give Wesleyan a 3-2 lead after one.
- The second quarter featured eight total goals.
- Bowdoin scored twice, early, as Crowell and Odiorne found the back of the net at the 13:59 and 13:42 marks, respectively.
- Wesleyan responded with a 3-0 run off goals from Ghesquiere, Barker and Hawthorne to give Wesleyan a 6-4 lead with 6:16 to play before the break.
- After consecutive goals by the Polar Bears knotted the game a 6-6 with 2:13 remaining, Ghesquiere once again scored a late quarter goal as he sent one past Mumford at the 1:03 mark to give the Cardinals a 7-6 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- It was all Wesleyan in the third quarter as back-to-back unassisted scores by Hawthorne and Ghesquiere, respectively, put the Cardinals up 9-6 with 7:23 to play in the quarter.
- Just over two minutes later, Wesleyan took advantage of a man-up opportunity as Ghesquiere connected with Devaney.
- Entering the fourth quarter with a 10-6 lead, Daly began his scoring streak at the 13:06 mark when Clayton Wright found him for a man-up score to get within three.
- Ghesquiere scored once again, with 9:42 to play, to regain a four-goal lead.
- However, the Polar Bears slowly cut into the deficit as Crowell began the run with an unassisted score at the 5:00 mark.
- Trailing by three with under two minutes to play, Daly scored three times at the 1:44 mark, 0:28 mark and 0:21 mark to even the score at 11-11 and send the game into overtime.
- Bowdoin won the opening faceoff, but was unable to capitalize on its momentum.
- After a missed shot gave Wesleyan the ball back, the Cardinals took advantage of their opportunity when Stanton sent a low shot past Mumford for the game-winner with 2:26 remaining on the clock.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Prior to the start of today's game, head coach John Raba and the Cardinals honored their nine-member senior class; Joey Amendola, Jackson Arnold, TJ Blackburn, DellaFera, Devaney, Jared Jacobs, John MacIntosh, Lyle Mitchell and Greg Pietroforte.
- Together, the Class of 2016 has amassed a 43-20 overall record to date and a 25-13 NESCAC mark, and has reached the conference tournament the previous three seasons, including a trip to the semifinals in 2014 and the finals in 2013.
- With three points in today's game, DellaFera reached the 100-point club for his career and now has 102 total. He became the 29th player in program history to reach the milestone.
- Saturday's game was Wesleyan's fourth overtime game this season, all at home against NESCAC opponents.
- Wesleyan returns to action Saturday, April 23 for a difficult NESCAC matchup against back-to-back defending national champion, and nationally-ranked No. 3 Tufts at 1 p.m. on the road.
- The Polar Bears host Colby Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.