BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. – Abby Manning scored five goals and assisted on another as the 12th-ranked Wesleyan women's lacrosse team won its fourth-straight game Tuesday evening, defeating No. 16 Catholic on Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse headquarters, 14-8. With six points, Manning now has 100 for her career and is the 17th player in program history to reach the milestone.
Caitlin Wood and Abigail Horst scored three and two goals, respectively, as the Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the year. Catholic was led by Jess Lyons who tallied four goals, but the loss dropped the Cardinals to 2-2.
- Wesleyan came out hot to start the game and jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 20:20 mark.
- However, Catholic responded with a run of its own and with 13:30 to play in the first half, a goal by Anna Maupin tied the game at 3-3.
- It was all Wesleyan the rest of the half as the Cardinals scored three unanswered goals from the 11:55-to-8:29 marks.
- After a player-up goal by Catholic cut the deficit to two with 6:24 remaining, Wesleyan rallied with three more goals to go ahead 9-4 at the half.
- Wesleyan's strong play continued early in the second half with back-to-back goals by Abby Manning (28:19) and Sydney Prokupek (27:11).
- The Cardinals opened the half with a 4-0 run as Johanna Copeland's goal at the 18:24 mark extended the lead to nine, 13-4.
- Catholic responded with a 3-0 run to get within six with 6:10 remaining, but another goal by Manning with 2:22 to play essentially sealed the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to Manning, Wood and Horst, four other Cardinals scored a goal each for Wesleyan, while Horst led the team with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Manning and Caroline Sgaglione each won four draw controls and Allegra Grant made five saves in net.
- Four players scored one goal apiece for Catholic and Holly Regan led all players with four assists. Lyons also tallied five draw controls and goalkeeper Nanci Hernandez totaled five ground balls.
- Wesleyan outshot Catholic 28-23.
- The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, March 16 for another top-25 matchup as they host No. 6 Middlebury at 12 p.m.