CLINTON, N.Y. – Despite jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, the No. 5 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team held on to defeat Hamilton College, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon on Steuben Field in Clinton, N.Y. The Cardinals (11-2, 8-1 NESCAC) were led by junior Carter Hawthorne's four points on two goals and two assists. Clay McCollum led all players with three goals to highlight the day for the Continentals (1-13, 0-10).
- Wesleyan jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first four minutes of play.
- Hamilton responded with back-to-back goals from McCollum just over a minute apart to cut the deficit to one, but Cole Turpin '18 scored an unassisted marker at the 4:54 mark to give the visitors a 4-2 lead after one.
- Henry Hunt of Hamilton scored the lone goal of the second quarter as Wesleyan entered the break with a 4-3 advantage.
- After a goal from Ronan Jacoby '21 at the 10:27 mark of the third, Owen McCarthy found the back of the net less than five minutes later to keep it a one-goal game.
- Wesleyan responded with a 3-0 run capped off by a goal from Hawthorne with just 15 seconds on the clock, but Hamilton won the ensuing faceoff and Brendan Burke sent one into the goal just as time expired as the home team trailed 8-5 entering the fourth quarter.
- The Continentals held Wesleyan scoreless in the final 15 minutes of action and scored back-to-back goals in the first 17 seconds of the fourth, but the Cardinals' defense prevailed and held off Hamilton's comeback efforts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne, Harry Stanton '18, and Turpin each scored twice for Wesleyan as Turpin added an assist. Andres Rodriguez '18 led the team with seven ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers, while Chad Malinowski '19 caused four turnovers as well, and Jake Cresta '18 forced three.
- In addition to McCollum's three goals, four others scored one goal each for the Continentals. Eric Zurmuehle totaled a game-high eight ground balls and goalie Kyle Gately stopped 9-of-17 shots in net.
- Wesleyan held a 35-26 edge in ground balls and a 25-17 lead in shots. The Continentals turned the ball over 24 times compared to the Cardinals' 17, but they won 10-of-18 faceoffs.
- Wesleyan concludes its 2018 regular season Wednesday, April 25 as it hosts Connecticut College at 4:30 p.m.