Score: Wesleyan 12, Hamilton 8
Records: Wesleyan (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC); Hamilton (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Citrin Field)
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: On a cold and windy Saturday afternoon, the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team prevailed against NESCAC foe Hamilton College, 12-8 to earn its first conference win of the season, while handing the Continentals their first loss of the year.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals got on the board first following a goal from Carter Hawthorne '19 at the 12:57 mark, but Hamilton evened the score seconds later as Eric Zurmuehle found the back of the net unassisted.
- Wesleyan, however, responded with three unanswered goals to close the first quarter up 4-1.
- The visitor's cut the deficit to one in the second as Chris Conley scored back-to-back goals at the 3:23 and 2:09 marks to make it a 5-4 game.
- However, with just :11 on the clock, Taylor Ghesquiere '19 took advantage of a man-up situation to give Wesleyan a 6-4 halftime lead.
- Hawthorne and Conley led all scorers at the break with two goals each.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Both teams exchanged goals in the third quarter with two apiece. Ghesquiere scored on another man-up opportunity with 4:06 to play to make it an 8-6 game. Neither team would score the rest of the quarter.
- Hawthorne essentially put the game out of reach early in the fourth with back-to-back goals at the 14:30 and 13:41 marks to put the Cardinals ahead, 10-6.
- After another Conley goal cut the deficit to three, Harry Stanton '19 and Ghesquiere tacked on two more Wesleyan goals to go up 12-7 with 4:38 to play.
- J.D. Brachman scored the last goal of the game with 1:20 remaining as the Cardinals held on for the 12-8 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne and Stanton continue to shine for the Cardinals as they both totaled five points. Hawthorne scored a game-high four goals, while Stanton added three and two assists. Ghesquiere scored three goals as well, while Ted Bergman '17 led the Cardinals with seven ground balls and Andres Rodriguez '19 caused a game-high five turnovers.
- Conley finished with four points on four goals, while Brachman added two. Zurmuehle finished with a game-high 12 ground balls.
- Bergman improved to 2-1 in net this season and finished with 12 saves on 20 shots. John Schisler played between the posts for Hamilton and made eight stops.
- The Cardinals held a 36-27 edge in ground balls and were a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts. Both teams turned the ball over 17 times.
- Wesleyan heads down south for its next contest and will play Vassar Tuesday, March 14 on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m.
- Hamilton will travel to Florida for its Spring Break as well, and is slated to play Keene State in Davenport, Fla. Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.