NEW LONDON, Conn. – Four players from the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team scored at least three goals Wednesday night to help lead the Cardinals to a decisive 17-7 win over NESCAC foe Connecticut College in the team's final game of 2016.
Wesleyan: 5-9, 2-8 NESCAC
Conn. College: 5-10, 1-9 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a back-and-forth first half that saw Wesleyan lead 6-5 at the break, the Cardinals cruised in the second half to outscore Connecticut College, 11-2 in the final 30 minutes en route to the 10-goal win.
- Rachel Aronow '17 had a terrific game for the Cardinals and finished with a game-high four goals, while recording four ground balls and four draw controls. Martha Harding '16, Liana Mathias '17 and Meredith Smith '17 each scored three goals, while Julia Black '17 totaled three points (1 G, 2 A), and Abigail Horst '19 and Caitlin Wood '19 scored once. Leah Giacalone '17 registered five ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Caroline Sgaglione '19 tallied five ground balls and five draw controls. In her final collegiate game of her career, goalie Nina Labovich '16 made seven saves between the posts.
- Lacey Hale and Erin Moran led the Camels with two goals apiece, while Moran registered a team-high four ground balls. Meg Raskin made 12 saves in the losing effort.
- Wesleyan held a 35-23 edge in shots, 16-10 advantage in draw controls and 24-13 lead in ground balls. The Cardinals also went a perfect 12-for-12 on clear attempts.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The Cardinals came out hot and scored two unassisted goals from Aronow and Black at the 28:53 and 25:46 marks, respectively.
- However, Conn. College responded with a 2-0 run of its own, in less than four minutes, to even the score with 20:37 remaining in the half.
- From that point on, both teams exchanged goals throughout the half, and after a score by Moran with 3:09 to play tied the game at 5-5, Aronow found the back of the net just 36 seconds later to give Wesleyan a 6-5 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The final 30 minutes were all Wesleyan as the Cardinals went on a 7-0 run within the first 10:02 of the second half to pull away. Harding had two unassisted goals during the stretch, which began at the 27:01 mark and ended at 19:58.
- Conn. College broke its scoreless streak with 13:16 to play, but four more Wesleyan goals lifted the visitor's to a commanding 17-6 lead with only 1:31 remaining on the clock.
- Tina Balzotti scored in the closing seconds for the Camels to cut the final margin to 10, 17-7.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Wednesday night marked the final game of the 2016 season for the Cardinals, which saw them go 3-1 in non-conference action.
- Wesleyan finished in a three-way tie with Williams and Bowdoin for eighth-place in the NESCAC standings with a 2-8 record. However, Williams won the tiebreaker to earn the No. 8 seed in the tournament.