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Wood Scores Game-Winner as No. 18 Women's Lacrosse Upsets No. 2 TCNJ, 7-6

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Trailing by three at halftime, the No. 18-nationally ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied in the second half to upset No. 2 TCNJ on the road Wednesday afternoon, 7-6. The Cardinals held the Lions scoreless in the second half while Caitlin Wood '19 scored two of her game-high three goals in the final 30 minutes of action, including the game-winner with 1:51 on the clock.

Wesleyan outscored TCNJ 4-0 in the second half as Abigail Horst '19 evened the game at 6-6 off a free position shot with 2:46 remaining in regulation and Wood's game-winner followed less than a minute later, also off a free position attempt. The Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the year while handing the Lions (4-1) their first loss of the season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • TCNJ opened the game on a 4-0 run with four goals from four different players.
  • Rylee White '21 ended the streak at the 7:49 mark of the first half.
  • Both teams combined to score five goals in less than four minutes.
  • After White cut the deficit to three, Alex Fitzpatrick scored her second goal of the game at the 6:07 mark to increase the lead back to four.
  • Wood and Emma Richards '20 scored back-to-back goals at the 5:16 and 4:27 marks, respectively, to get within five. However, Erin Jaffe scored just 26 seconds later during a player-up opportunity to take a 6-3 lead at halftime.
  • In the final 30 minutes of regulation, it was all Wesleyan.
  • Abby Manning '20 assisted on the first two goals of the second half, first finding Wood at the 19:53 mark before dishing off to Kat Cucullo '21 with 9:37 to play.
  • Trailing by one, Horst took advantage of a free position shot at the 2:46 mark and Wood sealed the win with 1:51 to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Despite getting outshot, 32-21, Wesleyan claimed the victory with the help of sophomore goalie Allegra Grant as she made 15 saves including nine in the second half. The Lions were also just 3-of-17 on free position shots.
  • Manning dished out a game-high three assists for the Cardinals and Horst picked up a team-high seven ground balls. Both Horst and Manning won three draw controls each to lead Wesleyan as well.
  • Fitzpatrick and Jaffe led TCNJ with two goals apiece and Olivia Cleale dished out a team-high two assists. Elizabeth Morrison led all players with nine ground balls and goalie Miranda Chrone made seven saves in net.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan remains on the road for another difficult top-five matchup as the Cardinals face No. 4 Middlebury on Saturday, March 17 at 12 p.m.