Score: Wesleyan 13, Clark 4
Records: Wesleyan (5-1); Clark (5-3)
Location: Middlebury, Conn. (Citrin Field)
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: Harry Stanton '18 of the 17th-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team scored a game-high four goals in a decisive 13-4 win over Clark University Saturday afternoon, and became the ninth player in program history to reach the 100th-career goal milestone.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cougars got on the board first just three minutes into play, but three consecutive Wesleyan goals from three different Cardinal players closed out the quarter.
- Clark took advantage of a man-up opportunity early in the second (13:55), but Wesleyan responded with a man-up goal of their own from Tom Dupont '17 at the 10:54 mark.
- Zander Kotsen '19 extended the lead to three with 8:28 to play.
- The Cougars capitalized on another man-up opportunity with 2:36 on the clock, as Chris Rasco found the back of the net.
- With time running out in the half, Carter Hawthorne '19 snuck a shot past goalie Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell to give the home team a 6-3 lead at the break.
- Dupont led all players with two goals in the first 30 minutes of action.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Wesleyan in the second half as the Cardinals held Clark to one goal, which occurred with :26 left in regulation.
- Stanton scored three consecutive goals in the third quarter, two off assists from Ryan Flippin '18 and Christian Barker '19, while Barker made it a 10-3 game on a man-up goal with :31 on the clock.
- In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals received a goal from Cory Ekstrom '17 (12:08), and two from Taylor Ghesquiere '19 (9:07, 4:01).
- Nick Johnson scored the final goal of the game with :26 to play as Wesleyan cruised to the nine-goal win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Three Cardinals posted multiple goal games; Stanton (4), Dupont (2) and Ghesquiere (2). Barker, Hawthorne and Kotsen each scored and dished out an assist, and Stanton led all players with seven ground balls. Ted Bergman '17 played 55:08 minutes between the posts to earn the win, while stopping nine of 11 shots he faced.
- Will Mandracchia scored two of Clark's four goals, while Johnson finished with a goal and an assist. Ryan MacNeil recorded a team-high five ground balls and caused a turnover, and Riopelle-Tyrrell stopped nine of 19 shots between the posts.
- The Cardinals held a commanding 39-22 edge in ground balls.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Stanton etched his name in the Wesleyan men's lacrosse record books last year when he notched his 100th-point of his career, and today he became just the ninth player ever to score 100 goals.
- With 102 goals and 34 assists, he currently sits 11th all-time with 136 points.
- The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, April 1 and will host Colby in a NESCAC matchup beginning at 1 p.m.