ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The 15th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team has advanced to the regional round of the 2018 NCAA Championships after defeating 18th-ranked St. John Fisher on Sunday afternoon in second round action, 11-6.
The Cardinals (12-6) set a program record with their 12th win, surpassing the mark they set a year ago, and have reached the third round of the national tournament for the first-time ever. They will play a familiar foe in Little Three archrival and No. 6-ranked Amherst on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Gettysburg College. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, as Wesleyan will look to avenge it's 8-6 loss to the Mammoths on April 4. St. John Fisher's season comes to an end with an impressive 17-3 overall record.
- The first half was a defensive battle that featured just five goals, while Wesleyan held the home team to one.
- Allie Damren '20 scored the first of the game at the 21:58 mark off a free position shot. The sophomore, who saw action for the first time this season on April 21 against Hamilton, has now scored in three straight games.
- After 10 minutes of scoreless action, the Cardinals extended their lead to two with another free position goal, this time from junior Caitlin Wood.
- Roughly two minutes later, St. John Fisher scored its first and only goal of the first half when Mary Grace Doyle scored on a free position attempt.
- Wesleyan rallied, however, and scored two goals in the final four minutes of the half. Wood scored her second free position goal during a man-up opportunity at the 3:44 mark. Shortly after, Abigail Horst '19 rushed up the middle and through defenders for a clear shot on net as she sent one past St. John Fisher goalie Morgan Hayes with 2:42 remaining on the clock. Neither team would score the rest of the half as Wesleyan held a 4-1 lead at the break.
- St. John Fisher scored the first goal of the second half when Mackenzie LeVan scored on a free position shot at the 25:01 mark. However, Wesleyan's stifling defense kept the Cardinals scoreless for nearly 13 minutes while going on a 3-0 run of its own.
- Horst started things off with a free position goal at the 19:26 mark. Three minutes later, Wood received a pass from Abby Manning '20 and fired one into the bottom right corner. Rylee White '21 capped off the run at the 13:45 mark with her first of the game off another assist by Manning.
- St. John Fisher snapped the scoreless streak shortly after as Mallory Eymer took advantage of a player-up opportunity with a free position goal. Less than two minutes later, Logan Chase scored to cut the deficit to three with 10:59 remaining.
- Wesleyan rallied with back-to-back goals just 13 seconds apart as Horst scored off a free position attempt and then assisted on a score by Emi Ogden-Fung '19. Ogden-Fung's goal lifted the visitors' lead to five with only 5:25 remaining on the clock.
- St. John Fisher didn't back down easily and scored consecutive goals at the 3:46 and 3:17 marks from Eymer and Chase, respectively. However, another score by Damren with 1:14 left in the game ended any hope of a comeback for St. John Fisher.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan was led offensively by Horst who tallied four points on three goals and one assist, while Manning (one goal, two assists) and Wood (three goals) each had three points. Julia Gretsky '20 also tallied two assists and Damren scored twice.
- Horst and Amy Breitfeller '19 led the Cardinals with two ground balls each, while Breitfeller had a game-high three caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant was incredible in net once again as she racked up 14 saves.
- Chase and Eymer led St. John Fisher with two goals apiece. Chase, Grace Doyle and Morgan Young each had three ground balls, while Chase also tallied three caused turnovers. Hayes finished with five saves in net.
- Wesleyan held a 26-25 edge in shots and 11-8 advantage in draw controls. The Cardinals were 5-of-12 on free position shots while St. John Fisher went 3-of-10.