MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Kyra Bednarski of No. 25 Stevens Institute of Technology scored a free position goal with 2:14 remaining in regulation to lift the Ducks to an upset win over the 12th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team Wednesday night on Smith Field.
The Cardinals (6-2) forced a crucial turnover with less than a minute remaining and were able to get two shots off in the closing seconds, but a save by Ducks' (6-2) goalkeeper Stephanie Schnelzer as the time expired sealed the win for the visitors.
- The game went back-and-forth throughout the entire 60 minutes of regulation with the largest margin just two goals, by both teams.
- Wesleyan got on the board first just two minutes and 43 seconds into play as Julia Gretsky '20 scored unassisted.
- After a score by Hannah Condren at the 21:22 mark evened the game at 1-1, the Cardinals went on a 2-0 run with goals from Abby Manning '20 and Abigail Horst '19 just over two minutes apart.
- The Ducks rallied with a 2-0 run of their own as Julianna Ricci took advantage of a Wesleyan penalty with a free position goal, and then dished off an assist to Brianne Salera minutes later to tie the game once again.
- With 7:07 remaining in the first half, Rylee White '21 found the back of the net to put the home team ahead, 5-4, but Stevens closed out the half with three unanswered goals as Mackenzie Metzler scored twice during the stretch including a goal at the 1:09 mark to give the Ducks a 7-5 halftime advantage.
- After a high scoring first half, the Cardinals came out hot in the second and scored three goals in the first six minutes. Therese Mittleman '20 scored just 55 seconds into the half before Caitlin Wood '19 tallied back-to-back goals to put the home team back ahead, 8-7.
- The two squads exchanged goals as a free position score by Emma Richards '20 put Wesleyan up 9-8 with 13:43 to play.
- Bednarski assisted on a Metzler goal that evened the game at 9-9 with 11:45 remaining, and after nearly 10 minutes of scoreless action, Bednarski scored the game-winner just seconds after a Cardinal penalty.
- Wesleyan placed a shot on net with 1:15 to play but Schnelzer made the save. The Ducks regained possession but a stifling Wesleyan defense forced a turnover with just 39 seconds remaining and were able to get two shots off in the closing seconds, including one on goal, but Schnelzer came up big once again to seal the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals held a commanding 15-6 lead in draw controls, led by eight from freshman Indigo Pellegrini de Paur, and also outshot the Ducks 33-22.
- Eight different players scored for Wesleyan as Wood led the way with two goals. She also had two ground balls alongside Gretsky and Richards.
- Bednarski and Metzler led all players with three goals each while Bednarski added an assist. Cami Santor led all players with two caused turnovers and Schnelzer stopped 11 of 20 shots in net.
- Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, March 31 as it returns to NESCAC play with a 12 p.m. showdown on Smith Field against No. 19 Colby.