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Historic Night for Women's Lacrosse as Cardinals Defeat Conn. College, 14-9

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After a low scoring first half, Wesleyan and Connecticut College combined for 19 goals in the final 30 minutes and the Cardinals used a 5-0 run down the stretch to prevail, 14-9. Abigail Horst became the 18th player in program history to score 100 career points as she finished with seven on a game-high six goals and one assist, and Abby Manning set the new single-season program record in goals with 54, surpassing the old mark of 52 set by Becca Vogel '05 in 2005. Wesleyan also set new program records in overall wins (13) and NESCAC victories (8) as it concludes the regular season with a 13-2 mark and 8-2 league ledger.

Abby Manning finished with five goals to help Wesleyan secure the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Tournament – tying Wesleyan's highest seeding ever. Kelly Wolin scored four goals for the Camels as their season came to an end with marks of 4-11 and 0-10.

Prior to the game, Wesleyan honored its teammate from Team Impact, Navaiah Fulk, who passed away on Monday, April 15th after a lifelong battle with Gastroschisis. 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Manning scored the first goal of the game just 40 seconds into play off an assist from Sydney Prokupek. However, just over a minute later, Connecticut College answered as Meghan Corcoran found Wolin in front of the net.
  • At the 24:33 mark, Izzy Powell found the top right corner to give Wesleyan a lead, which it maintained the rest of the game.
  • After a strong start by both teams, 17 minutes went by without a score until Horst extended the lead to two. The home team would take that lead into halftime, ahead 3-1.
  • The Camels cut the deficit to one early in the second half as Jamie Navoni found the bottom left corner at the 28:30 mark, but Wesleyan responded with three straight goals, as Horst was involved in all three to pick up her 100th career point.
  • At the 23:02 mark, Holly Bertschmann snapped the Cardinals' streak, however, the home team answered with consecutive goals from Manning to extend the lead to five with 19:37 remaining.
  • Conn. College did not back down and went on a 3-0 run within four minutes to cut the deficit to two. Hannah Lombard contributed to all three goals.
  • After Horst powered through the Camels defense and tossed a low shot into the back of the net to put Wesleyan up 9-6, Wolin scored just 41 seconds later to keep it a two-goal margin. Shortly after, with 8:51 on the clock, she found the back of the net again to put the visitors within one.
  • However, a goal from Manning with 7:06 on the clock jumpstarted a 5-0 Wesleyan run that put the game away. The Cardinals then scored three straight goals during a two-minute, unreleasable penalty and eventually won by five.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • In addition to her seven points, Horst also won five draw controls, caused two turnovers, and recorded two ground balls. Caroline Sgaglione led all players with seven draw controls, and Breanna Cavanaugh had a game-high five ground balls as well as two caused turnovers. Allegra Grant was excellent during the first half, making one save after another to keep Wesleyan ahead, as she finished with 10 saves.
  • Navoni and Lombard finished with four points each as Lombard led all players with three assists. Navoni also had a team-high six draw controls and Erica Hesser led the team with three caused turnovers.
  • Wesleyan won 15 of 25 draw controls and finished 4-9 on free position shots.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will host sixth-seeded Colby in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. It's the first time ever that Wesleyan has earned a top-4 seed in the conference tournament.