Phillips Scores Game-Winner in Overtime Thriller as Cardinals Defeat Wheaton, 8-7

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Rachel Aronow '17 scored with :15 remaining in regulation to force overtime, and later found Becca Phillips '17 for the game-winner as the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team claimed a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind win over Wheaton College in the team's 2016 home-opener at Smith Field.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 1-1
Wheaton: 2-2

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Wesleyan held a 6-3 lead in the second half, but saw that lead diminish as the Lyons rallied to score four unanswered. However, with only :15 remaining on the clock, Aronow found the back of the net off an assist from Meredith Smith '17 to send the game into overtime.
  • In the overtime period, Wesleyan passed the ball around efficiently for the entire 2:48 until Aronow found Phillips, who then snuck her shot past Molly Witten and into the bottom right corner.
  • Aronow had a stellar night for the Cardinals and was involved in five of the team's eight goals (2 goals, 3 assists). Phillips had two goals as well, and Smith added one assist, while three players recorded two ground balls each. Nina Labovich '16 made 13 saves in net for the Cardinals.
  • Maddy Lahm and Katie Peters led Wheaton with three and two goals, respectively. All seven of the Lyons' goals were unassisted, and Hannah Gasperoni led the team with two ground balls. Witten made 12 saves between the posts.
  • Wesleyan held a 13-9 edge in ground balls, 27-22 advantage in shots and 10-6 lead in draw controls.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wheaton got on the board early as Brooke Sabol found the back of the net in just 2:05 of action.
  • Lahm increased the visitor's lead to two at the 22:00 mark off a free position shot.
  • Wesleyan responded, however, and scored two unanswered goals as Smith found Julia Black and shortly after, netted a free position tally to even the score with 19:46 remaining in the half.
  • After another free position goal by Wheaton (Peters), Wesleyan had a player advantage and capitalized off its opportunity as Dana Mitchell '18 knotted the game at 3-3.
  • At the 6:30 mark, Aronow connected with Phillips for the Cardinals' fourth goal of the game as they would eventually take a one-goal lead into halftime.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals came out hot to start the second half and scored the first two goals to increase their lead to three, 6-3.
  • However, Lahm and the Lyons took advantage of a man-up situation to cut the deficit to two, and jumpstart a Wheaton rally.
  • After a free position goal by Jenna Tewksbury evened the score at 6-6, Peters scored what looked to be the game-winner at the 9:48 mark.
  • However, Smith connected with Aronow at the 15 second mark for the thrilling score to send the game into extra periods.

OVERTIME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aronow won the draw control, and Wesleyan held on to the ball until the 3:12 mark, when the junior dished it off to Phillips for the game-winner.

UP NEXT

  • The Cardinals return to action Saturday, March 12 and will host No. 13 Hamilton at 1 p.m.