Score: Trinity 11, Wesleyan 8
Records: Wesleyan (8-4, 4-3 NESCAC); Trinity (11-1, 7-0 NESCAC)
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 6 p.m.
The Lead: In a difficult NESCAC matchup on the road Tuesday night, the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team came up just short of upsetting No. 6 Trinity College as the Cardinals fell, 11-8, despite a strong second half effort.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Bantams scored the first goal of the game at the 25:57 mark, but Wesleyan responded just over a minute later as Antonia Kaz '19 found the back of the net off an assist from Liana Mathias '17.
- Trinity retaliated, however, and scored three unanswered goals from the 17:22 mark to 6:25 to claim a 4-1 lead. Grace O'Donnell scored once and dished out an assisted during the run.
- With 3:09 remaining in the first half, Abigail Horst '19 scored unassisted to cut the deficit to two entering the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Both teams went back-and-forth in the opening minutes as a goal from Mathias at the 25:42 mark kept it a two-goal game as Trinity led, 6-4.
- Over the next 10 minutes, the Bantams began to pull away as they went on a 4-0 run to go ahead by six. Emma Malicki capped off the stretch with a goal at the 15:07 mark.
- Back-to-back goals from Rachel Aronow '17 got Wesleyan within four, 10-6, with 12:46 to play.
- After another Trinity goal lifted the home team's lead to five with 7:29 on the clock, the Cardinals responded with goals from Julia Gretsky '20 and Mathias, respectively, but it wasn't enough as they fell short, 11-8.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan was led by Mathias who finished with four points (2g, 2a), while Aronow registered three (2g, 1a). Caroline Sgaglione '19 and Abby Manning '20 each registered two draw controls and Emi Ogden-Fung '19 caused two turnovers.
- Clare Lyne led all players with three goals, and O'Donnell and Georgia Mergner each added two. O'Donnell also had an assist, and Nicole Stauffer recorded two caused turnovers. Goalie Zoe Ferguson made 10 saves in net.
- Despite the loss, Wesleyan outshot Trinity 23-17 and claimed an 11-10 edge in draw controls.
- The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, April 15 and will host No. 15 Bowdoin at 12 p.m.