Score: Wesleyan 18, Connecticut College 10
Records: Wesleyan (11-4, 7-3 NESCAC); Conn. College (3-12, 0-10 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 6 p.m.
The Lead: In its 2017 regular-season finale, the 17th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team scored the first 12 goals of the game and took a 12-1 halftime lead over Connecticut College, en route to an 18-10 win Wednesday night. Liana Mathias '17 scored a career- and game-high six goals to lead the way for the Cardinals.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Wesleyan in the first half as the home team dominated the time of possession.
- Mathias put the Cardinals on the board just 48 seconds into play, and Wesleyan's lead quickly increased to five with 23:18 on the clock.
- The Cardinals scored the first 12 goals of the game as a goal from Mathias with 3:02 remaining in the half capped off the run.
- Conn. College registered its first goal of the game with 1:18 on the clock as Wesleyan took a 12-1 lead into halftime.
- Mathias scored four of her six goals in the first 30 minutes of play, while Rachel Aronow '17 added three.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The second half was a different story as the Camels came out strong and scored four of the first five goals to cut the deficit to eight, 13-5, with 18:18 to play.
- However, Wesleyan quickly increased its lead back to 10 with goals at the 16:12 and 15:08 marks by Abigail Horst '19 and Mathias, respectively.
- The game would go back-and-forth for much of the second half and a goal from Lacey Hale with 3:34 remaining proved to be the final score as Wesleyan claimed the 18-10 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Aronow finished with four points on three goals and one assist, and Meredith Smith '17, Julia Black '18, Julia Gretsky '20 and Abby Manning '20 all finished with two goals apiece. Caroline Sgaglione '19 led the defensive efforts with game-highs of three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while also adding a game-high four draw controls.
- Tina Balzotti led the Camels with three goals, while Clara Bisson, Hale and Jamie Navoni each finished with two.
- The Cardinals were a perfect 10-of-10 on clear attempts and outshot the Camels 34-18.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- In just her second year at the helm of the program, Head Coach Kim Williams has the Cardinals back in the NESCAC Tournament for the first time since 2009.
- Wesleyan finished the regular season with a program record seven wins in conference play, and a program record 11 wins overall.
- Of the Cardinals' 15 regular season games, eight were against top-20 nationally-ranked programs. Wesleyan won four of those eight contests, including back-to-back wins over then-No. 8 Bowdoin (14-7) and then-No. 20 Tufts (15-8) down the stretch.
- The Cardinals have secured the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Championships and will play at No. 4 Colby this Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m.