Cardinals Cruise Past Roger Williams in Home-Opener, 20-6

Photo by Matt Montanez '17
Photo by Matt Montanez '17

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 20, Roger Williams 6
Records: Wesleyan (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC); Roger Williams (2-2, 0-0 CCC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Citrin Field)
Date: Wednesday, March 8
Time: 4:30 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the first quarter en route to a convincing 20-6 win over Roger Williams University Wednesday night in the Cardinals' 2017 home-opener.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan dominated the first quarter and scored five goals in the first four minutes of action.
  • The Cardinals would outscore Roger Williams 10-0 in the first 15 minutes, as Carter Hawthorne '19 tallied five points off three goals and two assists.
  • The visitors got on the board at the 11:11 mark of the second and scored two straight before a 3-0 Wesleyan run.
  • Roger Williams added one more goal right before the half (1:18) as the Cardinals led 13-3 at the break.
  • Hawthorne accounted for seven points in the first half (4G, 3A)

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan shutout the Hawks in the third quarter as well and scored five goals to take a commanding 18-3 lead.
  • Hawthorne added two more assists in the third for a game-high nine points after three quarters of action.
  • Roger Williams outscored Wesleyan in the final 15 minutes of play, 3-2, but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Cardinals cruised to its first victory of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hawthorne totaled nine points on four goals and five assists, while Harry Stanton '19 added seven points on four goals and three assists. Taylor Ghesquiere '19 and Tom Martello '20 each scored twice, and Tasso Karras '18 and Zander Kotsen '19 each dished out three assists. Ryan Lynch '18 led the team with seven ground balls and Jake Cresta '18 recorded a team-high three caused turnovers.
  • Roger Williams was led by AJ Core and Jude Marzec with two goals apiece. Core also dished out an assist for a total of three points, and grabbed a team-high six ground balls.
  • Ted Bergman '18 started in net for the Cardinals and made six saves. Wesleyan had five different players in net Wednesday. Weston Nolan started for Roger Williams and allowed 13 goals.
  • The Cardinals were a perfect 17-for-17 on clear attempts and won 17-of-29 face offs.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will remain home for its next contest against Hamilton Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m.
  • The Hawks return to the field Friday, March 10 and will host Conn. College at 6:30 p.m.

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