MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Abigail Horst '19 scored four goals to help lead the 16th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team to an impressive 11-8 win over in-state rival and No. 8 Trinity College Tuesday night under the lights on Smith Field.
The Cardinals (8-4, 4-3 NESCAC) came out hot to start the game, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes of action, and later held off the Bantams' (9-3, 5-2 NESCAC) late rally in which they cut the deficit to one with 8:42 to play. Kiley Coffey scored six goals for Trinity to lead all players.
- Horst started the early run for Wesleyan as she found the back of the net just 48 seconds into play. After Emi Ogden-Fung '19 placed her free position shot into the bottom right of the goal, Abby Manning '20 increased the lead to three at the 23:26 mark as she fired another free position shot into the top right corner just one second after a yellow card was issued. Horst capped off the stretch as she juked a defender in front of the goal to put the home team ahead 4-0 with 21:29 on the clock.
- Trinity responded with a run of its own, as the Bantams scored three straight goals in less than three minutes of play. Allie Barrett got things going as she bounced a free position shot into the top left corner. Coffey scored the next two Trinity goals to cut the deficit to one with 14:51 to play in the half.
- After a player-up goal from Sydney Prokupek '21 off a free position shot, Horst scored her third of the game at the 12:17 mark as she faked a high shot before placing it in the bottom right of the goal to give the home team a 6-3 lead with 8:04 remaining before the break.
- Coffey scored her third goal of the half at the 4:51 mark, but Wesleyan scored twice more before time expired as Caitlin Wood '19 gave the Cardinals an 8-4 halftime lead.
- The Bantams made a run in the second half. Coffee started the scoring off with an unassisted tally at the 25:57 mark.
- Ogden-Fung found Manning for another Wesleyan goal roughly eight minutes later, but Coffey scored back-to-back goals at the 14:21 and 13:00 marks. Minutes later, Abby McInerney cut the deficit to one with a free position goal as the Bantams trailed 9-8 with 8:42 remaining.
- Despite the momentum in Trinity's favor, Wesleyan kept its composure as Horst added an insurance tally at the 7:19 mark and Johanna Copeland '21 essentially put the game away with 4:10 left on the clock.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Manning and Prokupek each scored twice for Wesleyan while Ogden-Fung tallied two points off one goal and one assist. Copeland and Wood recorded a goal each and Rylee White '21 dished out an assist. Caroline Sgaglione '19 grabbed five ground balls and Jordan Ansell '21 caused three turnovers.
- Barrett and McInerney each scored a goal for Trinity, while McInerney added five ground balls and Marcella Filbotte caused three turnovers.
- Wesleyan held a 19-11 edge in ground balls and went 6-of-8 on free position shots. Trinity was 5-of-6 on free position shots and led 12-9 in draw controls. Both teams turned the ball over 22 times.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Tonight's win marked Wesleyan's second against a top-10 team this season. The Cardinals also defeated then-No. 2 TCNJ on March 14, 7-6. It was also Wesleyan's third straight game against a nationally-ranked top-10 opponent.
- The victory over Trinity is the Cardinals first since the 2006 season, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Bantams.
- Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, April 14 and will play at No. 18 Bowdoin. The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.