Ghesquiere Scores Five Goals as Cardinals Defeat Union, 13-4

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 13, Union 4
Records: Wesleyan (6-1); Union (3-3)
Location: Schenectady, N.Y.
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: Taylor Ghesquiere '18 scored five goals and dished out an assist to lead the 14th-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team to a commanding 13-4 non-conference win Wednesday night over Union College.  

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • After a low scoring first quarter, in which Carter Hawthorne '19 scored the lone Wesleyan goal off an assist from Ghesquiere (13:37) and Kerry Lyne evened the game late (1:49), the Cardinals pulled away in the second.
  • Tied at 1-1, Wesleyan scored three unanswered goals before a Union score with 4:34 ended the run and cut the deficit to two.
  • However, the Cardinals closed out the half on a 2-0 run off goals from Hawthorne (4:02) and Harry Stanton '19 (3:05) to claim a 6-2 lead at the break.
  • Hawthorne led all players in the first half with two goals.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ghesquiere scored all three of Wesleyan's goals in the third quarter. After back-to-back scores at the 13:49 and 12:44 marks, Jack Scheufele ended the Cardinals' run with 7:01 on the clock.
  • Ghesquiere added another goal with 3:54 remaining to give the visitor's a 9-3 lead entering the fourth.
  • In the final 15 minutes of regulation, Wesleyan outscored Union 4-1 to pull away with the decisive nine-goal win. Four different players scored for Cardinals down the stretch.
  • Ghesquiere scored four of his game-high five goals in the second half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hawthorne finished with four points on two goals and two assists, while Stanton and Christian Barker '19 each scored twice and registered an assist. Colin Uyeki '19 added a goal and an assist, and Collin Hitter '18 found the back of the net as well. Colin Malarchuk '20 led all players with three caused turnovers, while Ted Bergman '17 was stellar between the pipes in the winning effort. The senior saved 15-of-19 shots he faced.
  • Four different players scored for Union, while Peter McKinlay led the defensive efforts with two caused turnovers. Sam Bebout and Jack Santilli played in net with Bebout seeing 48:12 minutes. He made nine saves and allowed 11 goals.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, April 1 and will host Colby in a NESCAC matchup beginning at 1 p.m.

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