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No. 2 Men’s Lacrosse Upset by Coast Guard in Overtime, 10-9

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Christian Barker '19 scored with 1:12 in regulation to send the game into overtime, but the No. 2-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team was upset on the road Tuesday night when Anthony Wyler of Coast Guard found the back of the net with 32 seconds remaining in OT to give the Bears a 10-9 win.

Barker and Taylor Ghesquiere '18 finished with identical stat lines of four points on three goals and one assist to lead the Cardinals (1-1). Wyler totaled three goals and one assist as well for Coast Guard (3-0), while Riley McNulty led all players with five points (four goals, one assist).

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The game went back-and-forth throughout as Wesleyan got on the board first when Ghesquiere took advantage of a man-up opportunity at the 13:10 mark.
  • The Cardinals scored the first three goals before a score by McNulty with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter cut the deficit to two after the first quarter of play.
  • The second quarter saw five goals in the first four minutes and 15 seconds.
  • McNulty scored just 56 seconds into the second and Wyler evened the score 42 seconds after that. However, Wesleyan responded with back-to-back goals from Ronan Jacoby '21 and Ghesquiere at the 12:25 and 11:40 marks, respectively, and Barker increased the visitors to lead to three with 10:46 remaining.
  • The Bears came back with a run of their own shortly after and scored the final three goals of the half. After Matty Johnson cut the deficit to one with 2:13 to play, Coast Guard won the ensuing faceoff and Connor Ellis scored just 17 seconds later to even the score at 6-6 entering the break.
  • Wesleyan retaliated early in the second half as it scored just nine seconds into the third quarter when Carter Hawthorne '20 connected with Jacoby. The Cardinals scored just once more in the quarter, while holding the Bears to one goal, as Ghesquiere gave the visitors an 8-7 lead at the 4:49 mark.
  • The Bears took their first lead of the game with 5:24 to play in regulation when McNulty notched another goal off an assist from Jack Pope.
  • Wesleyan had several chances in the closing minutes and with 1:12 to play, Barker received a pass from Hawthorne and found the back of the net during a man-up opportunity.
  • The Bears won the faceoff and held the ball until the last shot but Wesleyan goalie Max Powers '21 made a huge save with six seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
  • The Cardinals were unable to get a shot on net in OT as Coast Guard took advantage of a Wesleyan turnover and Wyler scored the game-winner with 00:32 on the clock.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Jacoby scored twice and dished out an assist in his second collegiate game, while Hawthorne recorded a game-high two assists including a score. Six players factored into the scoring for Wesleyan.
  • The Bears also received a goal from Will Iorio and goalie Trey Johnson made 11 saves in net.
  • The Cardinals held a commanding 35-20 lead in ground balls and dominated the faceoffs, 17-23, but turned the ball over 21 times.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns to action Saturday, March 10 and will host No. 19 Bates in a rematch of last year's NCAA quarterfinal thriller in which Wesleyan held on to defeat the Bobcats, 14-13. Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.