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Barker Reaches 100-Point Milestone as Men’s Lacrosse Cruises Past Vassar, 15-5

Photo by Stan Godlewski
Photo by Stan Godlewski

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior midfielder Christian Barker recorded four points on three goals and one assist to surpass 100 career points as the No. 9 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team cruised to a 15-5 win over Vassar College Wednesday on Citrin Field.

Barker is the fourth member of the Cardinals to reach the 100-point mark in their careers, joining senior captains Harry Stanton and Taylor Ghesquiere, and junior Carter Hawthorne. Stanton and Hawthorne led all players on Wednesday with seven points as Stanton scored six goals and Hawthorne dished out five assists to help Wesleyan improve to 3-1 on the year. Despite a strong effort by Vassar goalie Matt Boyd, who recorded 17 saves, the Brewers drop to 1-4 overall this year.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals came out strong to start the game and scored the first seven goals as Barker capped off the run at the 6:17 mark of the second quarter.
  • Two minutes later, Pat Gibbons connected with Michael Mullen for Vassar's first goal of the game to cut the deficit to six.
  • With time running out before the break, Stanton scored his third goal of the half with just 10 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals an 8-1 halftime advantage.
  • The Brewers rallied early in the second half and scored three consecutive goals in the first five minutes and 35 seconds to get within four.
  • However, Wesleyan took advantage of a man-up opportunity as Ghesquiere assisted on another goal by Stanton at the 6:20 mark.
  • After Vassar got within four, the Cardinals went on a 6-0 run to put the game away.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan forced 20 turnovers and went a perfect 2-2 on man-up opportunities. The Cardinals also held a 35-29 edge in ground balls and a 48-28 lead in shots.
  • Six players recorded multiple points for the Cardinals, while sophomore goalie Otto Bohan stopped 10-of-15 shots he faced for his second consecutive win.
  • Mullen and Austin Mello each scored twice and dished out an assist to lead the Brewers. Boyd was terrific in net, despite the loss, and finished with 17 saves in 45 minutes between the posts.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, March 17 and will host NESCAC rival Middlebury at 2 p.m. in a rematch of the 2017 NESCAC Championship game in which the Cardinals edged the Panthers, 9-8.