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Stanton Becomes Wesleyan's All-Time Leader in Goals as Cardinals Rally to Defeat Skidmore, 12-8

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Tied 6-6 at halftime, the No. 8 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team outscored Skidmore College 5-0 in the third quarter en route to a 12-8 win in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. With two more goals today, senior Harry Stanton became the program's all-time leader in goals with 188 career scores, surpassing the mark of 186 set by John Landay '01. 

The Cardinals (6-1) have won five straight and have held opponents to single digits in three of their last four games. Seven different players recorded multiple points for Wesleyan who was led by junior Christian Barker's two goals and three assists, while Ronan Jacoby '21 scored a game-high three goals. The Thoroughbreds, led by Brendan Halloran's five points (three goals, two assists), dropped their fourth consecutive game and are now 3-5 on the year.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It took just six seconds for the Cardinals to get on the board as Zach Zavalick '20 won the face off and dished it off to Jacoby.
  • However, the Thoroughbreds responded with three unanswered goals from three different players to take a 3-1 lead with 14:27 remaining in the first half.
  • Down a player, Wesleyan killed the penalty on the defensive side and brought the ball down the field quickly as Zander Kotsen '19 fired one into the back of the net. Shortly after, Skidmore took advantage of that man-up opportunity as Eric Megnia scored his second of the game to bring the home team's lead back to two.
  • Skidmore scored another goal with 9:20 to play, but the Cardinals rallied with three unanswered goals from 7:24-to-4:33 as Christian Barker '19 evened the score with a man-up goal to make it 5-5.
  • RJ Caruso of Skidmore put the home team back on top at the 1:08 mark, but Carter Hawthorne '19 tied the game at 6-6 with 31 seconds remaining. Neither team scored the rest of the quarter.
  • Wesleyan came out hot in the second half. Seniors Taylor Ghesquiere and Stanton scored twice during the third quarter and Jacoby added another as the visitors outscored Skidmore 5-0 to take an 11-6 lead entering the fourth.
  • Halloran snapped the Cardinals' 6-0 run with his second goal of the game at the 11:53 mark of the fourth, but Jacoby put Wesleyan back on top by five with 6:31 remaining in regulation.
  • The two teams exchanged a goal down the stretch en route to Wesleyan's 12-8 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Ghesquiere and Kotsen each scored two goals as well, while Ghesquiere added an assist, and Hawthorne dished out three assists and recorded a goal. Zavalick and Andres Rodriguez '18 each pulled in seven ground balls. Rodriguez also caused five turnovers.
  • Six players factored into the scoring for the Thoroughbreds while three different goalies saw action between the posts. Megnia finished with two goals and two assists, and Alex Miller pulled in seven ground balls.
  • Wesleyan was excellent on face offs once again, winning 16-of-23, while also outshooting Skidmore 35-32.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to NESCAC action Saturday, March 31 and will play at Colby. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.