Barker, Stanton Help Lead No. 14 Wesleyan Past Colby, 11-6

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

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 11, Colby 6
Records: Wesleyan (7-1, 3-1 NESCAC); Colby (1-7, 1-4 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: Trailing 2-0 after the first quarter, the 14th-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team rallied behind stellar play from Harry Stanton '18 and Christian Barker '19 en route to an 11-6 win over Colby College Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals were held scoreless in the first 15 minutes of action while Austin Sayre put the Mules on the board at the 6:02 mark during a man-up opportunity. Minutes later, Sayre found Tucker Dietrick for another Colby goal (1:32) to give the visitor's a 2-0 lead after one.
  • Barker ended the scoreless streak at the 8:38 mark of the second quarter, and just over a minute later, Tom Dupont '17 evened the score at 2-2.
  • With 3:13 remaining in the half, Barker put the Cardinals ahead 3-2, and they would never look back.
  • The sophomore took advantage of a man-up opportunity with 1:10 on the clock as well, for his third goal of the quarter, to give the home team a 4-2 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan increased its lead to three early in the third as Colin Uyeki '19 received a pass from Carter Hawthorne '19 and shot it over his left shoulder, behind his head, into the back of the net.
  • Colby answered just 38 seconds later off a goal from Colton Michel, but a 3-0 run by the Cardinals gave them an 8-3 lead with 4:13 to play in the quarter.
  • Michel added another goal for the Mules at the 3:01 mark to cut the deficit to four, but back-to-back goals from Stanton, including one right before time expired, put Wesleyan ahead 10-4 entering the fourth.
  • The Mules went on a 2-0 run to get within four, but Stanton and Barker connected on another Wesleyan goal with 2:44 to play to put the game away, 11-6.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Barker scored a career- and game-high five goals, while Stanton finished with four and one assist. Dupont and Uyeki scored the other Wesleyan goals, while Hawthorne finished with two assists and Cole Turpin '18 dished out one. Zach Zavalick '20 recorded a game-high nine ground balls, Quinn Mendelson '17 caused two turnovers, and goalie Ted Bergman '17 made five stops in net.
  • Michel and Sayre led the Mules with two goals and an assist each. Sayre, along with C.J. Layton, each registered a team-high four ground balls as well, while Layton stopped 11 shots in net.
  • The Cardinals won 14-of-20 faceoffs and went a perfect 11-of-11 on clear attempts.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns to action Wednesday, April 5 for a Little Three rivalry game against Amherst College on the road. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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