Score: No. 1 Middlebury 10, No. 18 Wesleyan 6
Records: Wesleyan (4-2, 2-1 NESCAC); Middlebury (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Smith Field)
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 11 a.m.
The Lead: The 18th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied late in the first half to cut the deficit to one at halftime, 5-4, but No. 1 Middlebury College scored the first four goals of the second to essentially seal the victory, 10-6.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Middlebury, the reigning NCAA Champions, came out hot to start the game and jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first nine minutes of action. Mary O'Connell scored the first three goals of the game.
- The Cardinals got on the board at the 16:15 mark on an unassisted score by Abby Manning '20, before the Panthers regained a four-goal lead three minutes later.
- With 3:46 on the clock, Antonia Kaz '19 received a pass from Liana Mathias '17 and sent one to the back of the net to cut the deficit to two.
- Wesleyan scored again with 2:19 to play off a free position shot from Emma Richards '20.
- Shortly after, with a player-up advantage, Becca Phillips '17 capitalized and scored with :05 on the clock to get the home team within one at the break, 5-4.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The momentum quickly shifted in Middlebury's favor when Casey O'Neill scored two minutes into the second half.
- The Panthers scored three more goals over the next eight minutes as Bea Eppler capped off the 4-0 run at the 20:17 mark to increase their lead to five, 9-4.
- Wesleyan scored two of the next three goals from Manning (14:10) and Rachel Aronow '17 (2:57), but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Manning finished with two goals to lead the Cardinals, while four others scored once and Mathias registered the lone assist. Leah Giacalone '17 led the team defensively with two caused turnovers and three ground balls.
- Middlebury was led by O'Connell who finished with five points on four goals and one assist. Georgia Carroll and O'Neill each scored twice and dished out an assist, while Evie Keating led all players with three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
- Grace McCann '17 started in net for Wesleyan and stopped seven shots, while Kate Furber picked up the win for Middlebury with three saves.
- The Panthers held a 15-12 edge in ground balls and 10-8 advantage in draw controls
- Wesleyan returns to the field Thursday, March 23 and will play at non-conference opponent Kean beginning at 4 p.m.