Score: Wesleyan 9, Connecticut College 8
Records: Wesleyan (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC); Conn. College (7-8, 3-7 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 4:30 p.m.
The Lead: The seventh-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team held off a late fourth quarter rally by Connecticut College Wednesday night, but prevailed to defeat the Camels 9-8 on the road in its 2017 regular-season finale. The Cardinals increased their win streak to 14, while setting a program record with nine NESCAC victories.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Conn. College got on the board first at the 13:33 mark, however Wesleyan scored three unanswered goals capped off by a score from Carter Hawthorne '19 at the 4:19 mark.
- Sean Smith scored the final goal of the first quarter seconds later (4:09) to get the Camels within one, 3-2.
- Another Conn. College goal at the 9:50 mark of the second quarter evened the score at 3-3, but the Cardinals responded with a 3-0 run to end the half and take a 6-3 lead at the break.
- Hawthorne and Ryan Flippin '18 led all players in the first half with two goals apiece, while Hawthorne added an assist as well.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan went on its third, 3-0 stretch of the game to start the second half as Hawthorne began the run at the 13:53 mark and capped it off with an assist to Harry Stanton '18 with 8:50 to play in the quarter.
- Ahead by six, 9-3, the goal from Stanton proved to be the final goal of the game for the Cardinals.
- PJ Kelleher cut the deficit to five with 5:32 remaining in the third and the Camels would trail 9-4 entering the fourth quarter.
- Holding Wesleyan off the board, Conn. College would score four goals from the 12:17 mark to 8:52 on the clock to get within one, 9-8.
- However, both defenses remained resilient down the stretch as the Cardinals held on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne led Wesleyan with five points on three goals and two assists, while Stanton finished with four points on three goals and one assist. Zach Zavalick '20 registered a team-high three ground balls, and Ted Bergman '17 made eight saves in net for his 14th win.
- Kelleher led the Camels with three points on one goal and two assists, while Maxx Trotsky and Jordan Foster each scored twice for the home team. Jack Bertolini tallied a game-high seven ground balls and Courtney Morgan caused three turnovers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Wesleyan secured the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championships and will host a quarterfinal game for the first time since the 2015 season.
- The No. 2 seeding is the Cardinals' highest since they earned the No. 2 seed in 2014.
- The nine conference wins in regular season play are a program record, and mark the best regular season performance since 2001 when the team went a perfect 8-0. Wesleyan also finished 8-1 in 2007.
- The Cardinals have secured the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championships and will host No. 7 Williams in the quarterfinals Saturday, April 29 scheduled for 1 p.m. on Jackson Field.