Cardinals Rally but Fall Short on the Road to Haverford, 9-8

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

HAVERFORD, Penn. – The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team erased an early six-goal deficit with an impressive first half rally, but fell short in non-conference action Tuesday night to Haverford College, 9-8.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 1-3
Haverford: 3-2

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Haverford jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 12:05 of play, but the Cardinals responded with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to one. However, the Fords scored at the :48 mark of the first half to take a 7-5 halftime lead, and both teams would exchange goals the rest of the way.
  • Three different Cardinals scored two goals each, as Julia Black '18 led the trio with two goals and two assists. Rachel Aronow '17 scored two goals and recorded one assist, and Becca Phillips '17 scored two more goals. Martha Harding '16 and Meredith Smith '16 added one goal each, while Smith tallied an assist as well. Sara Bennett '18 grabbed a game-high five ground balls, and Nina Labovich '16 made 10 saves in net.
  • Molly Lausten led all players with three goals, while Allie Gibbons and Sarina Manetta registered two each. Elyse Adler and Annie Kelly contributed one goal each for the Fords, and Manetta led the team with two ground balls. Megan Chenworth recorded eight saves in goal.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • The home team came out hot to start the game and scored within the first 48 seconds, and again less than a minute later off a free position shot. Haverford extended its lead to six at the 17:55 mark before an unassisted marker by Smith just 23 seconds later ended the rally.
  • After more than nine minutes of scoreless action, Phillips cut the deficit to four and followed up with another goal shortly after.
  • With two more goals from Black and Aronow, respectively, Wesleyan got within one as it trailed 6-5 with 1:16 to play before the break. However, Haverford increased its lead back to two with just :48 remaining on the clock as it took a 7-5 lead at halftime.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • The scoring went back-and-forth in the final 30 minutes of action.
  • Black registered the first goal of the second half at the 23:51 mark to put Wesleyan within one yet again.
  • Following two more Haverford goals, the Cardinals found themselves down 9-7 with 8:06 to play before Harding converted on a player-up advantage off an assist from Black at the 3:40 mark.
  • However, the Cardinals were held scoreless the rest of the way as their impressive first half rally came up short.

UP NEXT

  • The Cardinals return to the field Saturday, March 19 and will play at NESCAC rival and No. 4 Middlebury beginning at 12 p.m.