Score: Wesleyan 9, Amherst 4
Records: Wesleyan (7-3, 3-2 NESCAC); Amherst (4-5, 1-4 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 6 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team never trailed Wednesday night as it defeated Little Three rival Amherst College, 9-4. Meredith Smith '17 led the Cardinals with two goals and three assists, while goalie Grace McCann '17 made seven saves on 11 shots.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Liana Mathias '17 scored the first goal of the game at the 13:59 mark. The senior received a pass from Emma Richards '20 with her back to the goal and flipped it behind her towards the right post, past Amherst goalie Kyra Gardner.
- Just over a minute later, Wesleyan tacked on another score as Rachel Aronow '17 found the back of the net during a free position shot.
- With 9:52 remaining in the half, the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead as Antonia Kaz '19 scored an unassisted goal.
- Amherst got on the board with 1:15 on the clock as Claire Cagnassola took advantage of a player-up opportunity, but the Cardinals responded at the :30 mark as Emi Ogden-Fung '19 gave the home team a 4-1 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Mammoths cut the deficit to two early in the second half off an unassisted score by Hanna Krueger (28:37).
- Wesleyan regained a three goal lead just over two minutes later as Julia Gretsky '20 connected with Richards, but Amherst responded at the 17:25 mark off a goal from Dakota Foster.
- With 12:40 remaining in regulation, Ogden-Fung received a pass from Smith and wound up before rifling a shot into the back of the net.
- The goal sparked a 4-0 run by Wesleyan which was capped off by two free position goals from Smith at the 5:33 and :57 marks.
- Amherst scored the final goal of the game with :44 to play as the Cardinals earned the 9-4 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ogden-Fung joined Smith with two goals, while Richards finished with a goal and an assist. Seven different Wesleyan players found the back of the net Wednesday night, and Aronow led the squad in ground balls with four. Leah Giacalone '17, Caroline Sgaglione '19 and Abigail Horst '19 led the defense with two caused turnovers each.
- Four different players scored for Amherst as Krueger led the way with two points on one goal and one assist. Sabrina Solow and Krueger led the defensive efforts with two caused turnovers each, and Gardner made nine stops in net on 18 shots.
- The Cardinals went 3-for-5 on free position shots and held a 15-9 edge in ground balls.
- With the win, Wesleyan snapped a seven-game losing streak against Amherst and picked up its first victory against the Mammoths since 2009.
HEAD COACH KIM WILLIAMS:
- "Tonight was a complete team effort. We were led by our defense who stepped it up from the start by causing turnovers, and Grace came up with some great saves. Our offense was really balanced and saw multiple scorers which was a focus for us.
- "I am so proud of the team's intensity, heart and effort all over the field."
- The Cardinals return to action Saturday, April 8 and will play its other Little Three Williams on the road. The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.