Score: Wesleyan 11, Williams 8
Records: Wesleyan (9-1, 5-1 NESCAC); Williams (5-5, 2-4 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: With an 11-8 win over archrival Williams College Saturday afternoon, the 13th-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team claimed the Little Three title outright for the 11th time in program history, and the first time since 2013. Taylor Ghesquire '18, Harry Stanton '18 and Carter Hawthorne '19 each scored three goals, while Stanton and Hawthorne also added an assist to lead the Cardinals.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The first quarter went back-and-forth with the Ephs getting on the board first at the 11:01 mark on an unassisted goal from John Hincks.
- After 15 minutes of action, the game was tied at 2-2 as Stanton evened the score late in the first on a man-up goal with :46 on the clock.
- Williams scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead, however, Wesleyan responded with a 3-0 run to close out the half.
- Tied at 4-4, Cole Turpin '18 put the Cardinals on top for the first time in the game at the 1:41 mark as Wesleyan held a 5-4 halftime lead.
- Stanton led all players in the first half with two goals, while adding an assist. John Hincks scored once and dished out two assists for the Ephs.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter was a defensive battle that featured a total of three goals.
- The Cardinals increased their lead to three following back-to-back goals from Ghesquiere (14:02) and Stanton (10:52).
- Brendan Hoffman ended Wesleyan's 5-0 run with a score at the 3:47 mark to cut the deficit to two entering the fourth.
- After both teams exchanged goals to keep it a two-point margin, Hawthorne found the back of the net at the 3:05 mark to spark a 3-0 run by the home team. The sophomore capped off the run with 1:23 to play for his third goal of the quarter, as he put the game out of reach.
- Williams scored two late goals in the closing minutes to cut the deficit to three as Wesleyan claimed the 11-8 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Colin Uyeki '19 registered two points on one goal and one assist, while Ted Bergman '17 led the team with seven ground balls and a caused turnover. The senior goalie made 10 saves in net on 16 shots faced.
- Kevin Stump was the lone Eph to score multiple goals as he finished with two. Rock Stewart led all players with eight ground balls and three caused turnovers, and goalie George Peele finished with 13 saves.
- Wesleyan won 12-of-22 faceoffs and outshot the Ephs, 43-41.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The men's lacrosse team became the fifth Wesleyan program to win a Little Three title this season, joining football, men's basketball, men's ice hockey and women's lacrosse.
- The five Little Three titles are the most since 1992-93 (5).
- The most Little Three titles ever won by Wesleyan in a season was six in 1986-87.
- Today marks the first time in Wesleyan Athletics history that both the men's and women's lacrosse programs won the Little Three championship outright in the same season.
- Today's win also marked the Cardinals' seventh-straight over Williams.
HEAD COACH JOHN RABA:
- "I'm extremely proud of our team for all the hard work and preparation they put in to bring back the Little 3 Championship to Middletown. It is a huge accomplishment that is not easily done, so anytime we could win one it's a really big deal.
- "We will enjoy this moment for a few more hours, and then we are back to work and focused on Trinity. Our team has a tremendous understanding of the importance that they come ready to play every time we hit the field."
- Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday, April 11 and will host in-state rival Trinity at 4:30 p.m.