Score: Wesleyan 19, Kean 7
Records: Wesleyan (5-2); Kean (6-2)
Location: Union, N.J.
Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: After an early deficit, the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied on the road and scored 15 points in the first half en route to a decisive 19-7 win over non-conference opponent Kean University Thursday.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Kean jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in just over three minutes of action, but it was all Cardinals the rest of the way as they outscored the Cougars 15-2 down the stretch to take a commanding 10-goal halftime lead.
- Julia Gretsky '20 scored Wesleyan's first goal of the game at the 23:19 mark, which lead to a 6-0 run by the Cardinals.
- The home team responded with two goals to cut the deficit to one, 6-5, but Wesleyan closed out the half with nine unanswered goals to take the commanding lead into the break.
- Meredith Smith '17 recorded five points in the first 30 minutes of action to lead all players as she scored four of her game-high five goals in the first half, while dishing out an assist as well.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals increased their lead to 17-5 early in the second half with back-to-back goals from Caitlin Wood '19 (26:03) and Smith (23:35).
- Kirsta LaMaina scored for Kean at the 20:08 mark to end Wesleyan's 11-0 run, and Lexi Meyer scored with 11:06 to play to get within 10.
- Freshmen Abby Manning and Therese Mittleman scored the final two goals of the game at the 7:09 and :14 marks, respectively, to seal the 19-7 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Rachel Aronow '17 added four points on three goals and one assist, while Gretsky, Wood and Liana Mathias '17 each finished with two goals. Gretsky added an assist as well. Aronow led all players with five ground balls and Grace McCann '17 earned the win in net with three saves in 30 minutes of action.
- LaMaina led Kean with three goals and Morgan Graham finished with two. Nikki Apostolopoulos posted a team-high three groundballs and made 10 saves in net.
- The Cardinals held a decisive 33-14 edge in shots and led 17-10 in draw controls.
- Wesleyan returns to Smith Field Saturday, March 25 and will host non-conference opponent Babson at 12 p.m.