HARTFORD, Conn. - The No. 5 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team took an 8-4 lead into halftime before ultimately winning, 11-6, versus in-state rival Trinity College late Tuesday afternoon in NESCAC action at Jessee/Miller Field.
Wesleyan improves to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Trinity falls to 4-7 on the year and 1-6 in the NESCAC.
- Cole Turpin '18, Harry Stanton '18, and Ronan Jacoby '21 all scored for the Cardinals, in order, in the game's opening quarter to give the visitors an early 3-0 advantage. Andrew Collins ended the run with 3:50 left in the first quarter, but Jacoby scored again, this time with just eight seconds left, to put Wesleyan ahead, 4-1, after one.
- Jacoby scored three more times in the first 7:40 of the second quarter to help the Cardinals maintain a healthy lead before the half. Drew Kozub scored the first and last Bantam goal of the second quarter, coupled with one from Spud Dunn, to keep Trinity in it as Wesleyan entered the break with a four-goal lead.
- The third quarter was all Wesleyan as the Cardinals scored the lone two goals in the third, 15-minute frame. Turpin kicked things off with a man-up tally at 8:58 before Stanton scored via an assist from Carter Hawthorne '18 with 1:27 to go before the fourth to open up a six-goal lead for Wesleyan.
- Jacoby scored once more in the fourth while Dunn and Max Herman added goals for Trinity, but the Cardinals never faltered down the stretch, holding on for the 11-6 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jacoby led all players with six goals on ten shots while Turpin and Stanton both found the back of the net twice for Wesleyan. Andres Rodriguez '18 tallied a game-best seven ground balls while Otto Bohan '20 made eight saves in his seventh win between the pipes this spring.
- Dunn and Kozub led the way for the Bantams, scoring two goals apiece, while Collins tallied a score and two assists. Trinity won 12-of-21 faceoffs, eight of which were controlled by Scott Morgan who also collected a team-high five ground balls. Defensively, Matthew Barker paced the Bantams with a pair of caused turnovers while Woody Hamilton stopped 11 shots in net.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- With four more assists, Hawthorne surpassed 100 for his career. He's just the fourth Wesleyan player ever to reach the milestone. The junior currently ranks seventh all-time in points in program history.
- Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, April 14 and will host Bowdoin on Jackson Field at 1 p.m. The Cardinals will honor their 15-member senior class prior to the start of the game.
-- Recap courtesy of Trinity Athletic Communications --