Score: Wesleyan 17, No. 10 Middlebury 15
Records: Wesleyan (4-1, 2-1 NESCAC); Middlebury (2-3, 1-2 NESCAC)
Location: Middlebury, Vt.
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 2 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team edged No. 10 Middlebury College on the road Saturday afternoon in a high-scoring NESCAC matchup, 17-15. Harry Stanton '18 led all players with eight points on six goals and two assists.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- After Middlebury got on the board first at the 11:18 mark, Wesleyan scored three consecutive goals from Taylor Ghesquiere '19 (10:04), Tom Dupont '17 (7:54) and Stanton (7:40) to take a two-goal lead.
- The Panthers, however, responded with a 3-0 run of its own and took a 4-3 lead at the 3:09 mark following a score from Jake Schneider. His second in a row.
- Ghesquiere found the back of the net in the closing seconds of the first quarter (:39) to even the score at 4-4 after one.
- The Panthers got hot in the opening minutes of the second and score four unanswered goals.
- Wesleyan responded though and scored four of its own, as a goal by Stanton with 4:08 to play in the half evened the game at 8-8.
- After an A.J. Kucinski goal at the 1:27 mark gave Middlebury a 9-8 lead, the Cardinals scored back-to-back goals from Ghesquiere (1:27) and Andres Rodriguez '18 (:02) to go ahead 10-9 at the break.
- Ghesquiere scored four goals in the first half to lead Wesleyan.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The NESCAC rivals exchanged the next four goals until a 4-0 Wesleyan run, which started at the 4:43 mark and was capped off by Stanton with 2:22 to play in the quarter, gave the Cardinals a 16-11 advantage.
- Jack Gould cut the deficit to four with :59 on the clock as the Panthers trailed entering the fourth quarter, 16-12.
- Middlebury held Wesleyan to one goal in the final 15 minutes of play and went on a 3-0 run down the stretch, but the deficit proved to be too much as the Cardinals held on for the 17-15 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Stanton led all players with eight points on a game-high six goals and two assists, and also finished with a team-high five ground balls. Ghesquiere finished with four goals and one assist, while Colin Uyeki '19 scored three goals and dished out two assists.
- Schneider and Gould led Middlebury with three goals each, while both recorded an assist. Kucinski, Henry Riehl and Joseph Zelkowitz each scored twice, while Kucinski finished with two assists and Riehl posted a team-high three. Zelkowitz led all players with six ground balls.
- Ted Bergman '17 made 10 saves in net for the Cardinals, while Will Perry made six stops and Will Ernst recorded five saves.
- The Cardinals return to the field Saturday, March 25 and will host non-conference foe Clark University beginning at 3 p.m.