Wesleyan Drops Difficult NESCAC Matchup to No. 4 Middlebury, 13-5

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

Recap courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team had a difficult NESCAC matchup Saturday afternoon on the road against No. 4 Middlebury College, and lost to the Panthers at Kohn Field, 13-5.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 1-4, 0-3 NESCAC
Middlebury: 5-0, 3-0 NESCAC

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Middlebury scored the game's first nine goals and never looked back.
  • Martha Harding '16 and Liana Mathias '17 each scored twice for the Cardinals, while Sara Bennett '18 contributed three caused turnovers and scooped up two ground balls. Nina Labovich '16 produced 13 saves.
  • Alli Sciarretta led all players with four goals for Middlebury, while Chrissy Ritter had three goals and two assists. Claire Russell and Bea Eppler each scored twice, while Maggie Caputi had six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Hollis Perticone paced the hosts with four draw controls. Madeleine Kinker got the start in the crease for the Panthers, tallying two saves in the first half, while Kate Furber played the final half with a pair of stops.
  • Middlebury held a 29-11 advantage in shots and a narrow 25-23 edge in ground balls.      

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sciarretta opened the scoring 2:23 into the game when she took a feed from Ritter in transition following a successful clear.
  • Just 13 seconds later, Sciarretta doubled the Panther advantage, cashing in on a feed from Laurel Pascal, who won the draw control. Ritter set up Middlebury's third score when Claire Russell deposited Ritter's pass into the Wesleyan net 4:24 in the contest.
  • Goals by Eppler at 24:25, and Bridget Instrum on a free-position shot, extended the Middlebury lead to 5-0 with 22:49 remaining in the opening half.
  • Ritter tacked on a pair of unassisted markers for a 9-0 lead at 9:58 and on a free-position attempt at the 7:40 mark.
  • The Cardinals got on the scoreboard when Dana Mitchell fed the ball from behind the Middlebury cage to Harding with 1:07 left.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Panthers made it a 10-1 game 1:19 into the second half when Ritter scored while the hosts were down a player due to a card.
  • Megan Griffin set up Middlebury's next two goals, the first assist going to Eppler and the second to Russell for a 12-1 lead with 16:10 remaining.
  • The Cardinals scored the game's next three goals with Mathias recording a pair sandwiched around a goal from Abigail Horst '19. Mathias' first tally came on a one-on-one with Panther goalie Furber, while the second was a shot into the lower-right corner of the net. Horst found the back of the net on a hard, low shot into the bottom left corner.
  • Middlebury's Jenna McNicholas closed out the scoring for the hosts with 1:17 left in second half with her first collegiate goal. She circled the crease and laced a shot into the top-left corner.
  • Harding completed the scoring in the final seconds, posting her second goal of the game for Wesleyan with 19 ticks showing on the clock.

UP NEXT

  • Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, March 26 and will host Kean at 1 p.m.
  • The Panthers have a week off as well and will host No. 17 Bowdoin next Saturday at 12 p.m