Score: Wesleyan 12, Skidmore 9
Records: Wesleyan (12-1); Skidmore (6-7)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 5 p.m.
The Lead: Harry Stanton '18 scored four goals and dished out two assists to help lead the ninth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team past Skidmore College in a non-conference thriller Tuesday night, 12-9. The win marks the 12th-straight for the Cardinals as they improve to 12-1 overall. It's the second time in program history that the team has won 12 games in a row, the last time coming in 2001.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Thoroughbreds got on the board first at the 8:27 mark off a goal from Cody Legeza. However, Wesleyan went on a 3-0 stretch in less than two minutes as Carter Hawthorne '19 capped off the run at the 5:15 mark.
- Skidmore took advantage of a man-up opportunity late in the first quarter (1:51) as Jack Metzler found the back of the net to cut the deficit to one entering the second.
- Stanton scored his second goal of the game at the 10:39 mark, but the Cardinals were held scoreless the rest of the half as Skidmore evened the game at 4-4 with goals at the 5:55 and 3:43 marks.
- Stanton led all players at the break with two goals, while Hawthorne registered two points on one goal and one assist. Brendan Halloran led the way for the Thoroughbreds with one goal and one assist as well.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals came out hot to start the second half. Hawthorne sent one past goalie Chris Baughan at the 14:14 mark, and Christian Barker '19 found the back of the net less than two minutes later (12:30).
- Stanton capped off a 4-0 Wesleyan run with 5:36 on the clock as the home team went ahead, 8-4.
- Legeza put Skidmore within three with 2:45 remaining as Skidmore would trail 8-5 entering the fourth quarter.
- A total of eight goals were scored in the final 15 minutes of regulation.
- Wesleyan increased its lead to four off a Thomas Clejan '20 goal – the first of his collegiate career – at the 12:42 mark.
- However, the visitor's went on a 3-0 run as an unassisted goal from Eric Megnia with 5:27 remaining cut the deficit to one, 9-8.
- Both teams exchanged the next two scores to keep it a one-goal game with 3:26 remaining on the clock, but Stanton and Hawthorne put the game away with goals at the 1:34 and :58 marks, respectively.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne finished with three goals and one assist, while Barker recorded two goals and one assist. Cole Turpin '18 dished out two assists, and Zach Zavalick '20 recorded a game-high 11 ground balls. In net, senior goalie Ted Bergman made 12 saves on 21 shots.
- Three players scored two goals each for Skidmore – Halloran, Legeza and Megnia. Halloran led the Thoroughbreds with six points on two goals and a game-high four assists, while Ryan Warnock registered a team-high six ground balls. Baughan stopped 14-of-26 shots in the losing effort.
- Wesleyan held a commanding 41-29 edge in ground balls, and was an impressive 17-of-23 on face offs.
- The Cardinals return to action Saturday, April 22 for a top-10 showdown against No. 3 Tufts on Jackson Field. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.