Manning Ties Program Record with Seven Goals as Wesleyan Rallies to Defeat Fredonia, 15-9

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

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 15, Fredonia 9
Records: Wesleyan (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC); Fredonia (0-3, 0-0 SUNYAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Smith Field)
Date: Wednesday, March 8
Time: 5 p.m.
The Lead: Tied 5-5 at halftime, the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied in the second half to defeat non-conference foe Fredonia State decisively, 15-9. Abby Manning '20 scored five of her game-high seven goals in the final 30 minutes of regulation to help guide the Cardinals to victory. Her seven goals also tied the Wesleyan women's lacrosse program record.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Caitlin Wood '19 scored the first goal of the game at the 28:18 mark.
  • Both teams exchanged the next six goals until Fredonia scored two in a row with 8:18 and :23 on the clock to go ahead, 5-4.
  • However, Wesleyan scored off the ensuing draw control just 10 seconds later to even the score at 5-5 entering the break.
  • Liana Mathias '17 scored one goal and assisted on two others in the first, while Wood recorded a goal and an assist.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals pulled away in the second half. After both teams exchanged scores early to make it a 6-6 game, Wesleyan went on a 4-0 run in just over four minutes of action to pull ahead.
  • A goal by the Blue Devils at the 20:00 mark snapped the streak, but the Cardinals responded and rattled off five straight to take a commanding eight-goal lead with 7:16 to play.
  • Manning scored four of the team's five goals during the run.
  • Fredonia tacked on two late scores to cut the deficit to six.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Abigail Horst '19, the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, scored two goals Wednesday night. Manning added five draw controls to lead the team, and Caroline Sgaglione '19 recorded a team-high three caused turnovers.
  • Fredonia was led by Samantha Spiess, who totaled four points on two goals and two assists, while Katie Miller and Madeline Haney each tallied three points. Audrey Yokopovich recorded a goal, five draw controls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
  • Grace McCann '18 improved to 2-0 in net as she made five stops, while Nicole Burrows picked up the loss for Fredonia with 13 goals allowed on 27 shots.
  • Wesleyan held a 23-13 edge in ground balls, 16-9 advantage in draw controls, and forced 20 turnovers.
  • Manning's seven goals tied the program record that was also set by Margaret Metz '99, Debbie Saudek '92, Paige Heggie '90, Sondra Scott '88 and Barbara Martin '81.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, March 11 for their first road game of the year and will play No. 13 Hamilton.
  • The Blue Devils are scheduled to face Roger Williams on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.

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