MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 14th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead within the first six minutes of play and never looked back as the Cardinals cruised to a 15-9 win over Hamilton College on Senior Day Saturday at Smith Field.
Wesleyan (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) was led by sophomore Abby Manning's game-high six goals, and four from junior Caitlin Wood. Nicole Lyons led the way for the Continentals (5-8, 3-6) who have lost three of their last four. Prior to today's game, Wesleyan honored its three members from the Class of 2018 – Sara Bennett, Julia Black, and Dana Mitchell.
- The Cardinals wasted no time getting on the board as Manning score just two minutes and 57 seconds into play. Johanna Copeland '21 added another at the 26:30 mark, and less than two minutes later, Wood and Manning scored back-to-back goals just 34 seconds apart.
- Tessa Ryan ended the Wesleyan run at the 23:01 mark and Darby Philbrick cut the deficit to two just over a minute later. However, the two-goal margin proved to be the closest Hamilton would get the rest of the way.
- Wesleyan responded with a 3-0 run in four minutes as Wood scored off a free position shot with 16:10 to play in the half to give the home team a 7-2 advantage.
- The Continentals scored three of the next four goals to get within three, 8-5, but Manning found the back of the net in the closing seconds (00:22) to give Wesleyan a four-goal halftime lead.
- It took just 50 seconds into the second half for Manning to score another goal for the Cardinals as they went on a 4-1 run to take a commanding 13-6 lead with 21:29 to play in regulation.
- After back-to-back goals from Kara Pooley (19:56) and Jackie Cuddy (14:34) cut the deficit to five, 13-8, Wesleyan regained a seven-goal lead on two more goals from Manning to put the game away with 6:52 on the clock.
- Lyons scored off a free position goal in the final minute to make the final score, 15-9.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Six different Cardinals scored a goal Saturday. Julia Gretsky '20 scored twice while dishing out an assist, and Sydney Prokupek '21 tallied a game-high three assists. Defensively, Breanna Cavanaugh '19 and Caroline Sgaglione '19 each caused two turnovers and sophomore goalie Allegra Grant made 8-of-16 saves. Abigail Horst '19 also won six draw controls and Cavanaugh led all players with five ground balls.
- Philbrick scored twice for the Continentals while Cuddy, Pooley and Skyler Simson each scored once. Pooley secured four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Eleni Neyland caused two as well.
- Hamilton was just 5-of-12 on free position shots but held a 13-12 edge in draw controls.
- Wesleyan outshot the Continentals 25-23.
- The Cardinals conclude the 2018 regular season on Wednesday, April 25 at in-state rival Connecticut College. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.