MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Taylor Ghesquiere scored two of his game-high four goals in the fourth quarter to help lead the No. 9 nationally ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team to a 13-10 win over NESCAC rival Middlebury College Saturday afternoon on Citrin Field. The senior midfielder also surpassed 100 goals for his career and now has 101 total. He is the 10th Cardinal to reach the milestone in the history of the program.
Ghesquiere's fourth quarter goals were clutch, as they gave Wesleyan a two-goal lead both times, while Harry Stanton '18 scored an insurance goal with 1:29 on the clock to seal the victory. Stanton joined Ghesquiere with four goals as well, as Wesleyan improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NESCAC. Middlebury, led by Henry Riehl's three goals and one assist, drop to 2-2 on the year and 1-2 in league play.
- The Cardinals scored the first goal of the game just two minutes and 56 seconds into play, and never trailed.
- The two rivals exchanged goals throughout the first quarter. After a goal from Stanton with 2:37 to play in the first gave the home team a 3-2 advantage, Danny Jacobs found the back of the net with just four seconds on the clock to even the score after one.
- It was all Wesleyan in the second quarter. After some more back-and-forth action which saw the game tied at 4-4 with 10:55 to play in the half, the Cardinals rattled off four consecutive goals beginning with a score from Stanton at the 7:20 mark.
- Wesleyan scored four unanswered goals in a span of four minutes and 18 seconds. Stanton scored twice during the run while Carter Hawthorne '19 recorded two assists.
- The Cardinals led 8-4 at halftime.
- Middlebury came out strong to start the second half with back-to-back goals at the 14:05 and 12:51 marks to cut the deficit to two, 8-6.
- Wesleyan responded with two goals of its own to increase the lead back to four, 10-6, with 10:22 to play in the third, but the Panthers went on another run to close out the quarter.
- Riehl scored twice with 7:30 and 2:49 on the clock and Chase Goree took advantage of a man-up opportunity as he found the back of the net with 41 seconds remaining to get within one entering the fourth and final quarter.
- With momentum in Middlebury's favor, Ghesquiere put an end to the 3-0 run with a goal off an assist from Hawthorne at the 11:23 mark.
- Frank Cosolito rifled a shot into the back of the net less than three minutes later to get the Panthers within one, once again, but Ghesquiere and Stanton put the game away with goals at the 3:59 and 1:29 marks.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne and Ronan Jacoby '21 led all players with five points each as Hawthorne dished out five assists and Jacoby registered two while scoring three times. Zach Zavalick '20 posted a game-high six ground balls, Colin Malarchuk '20 led all players with three caused turnovers, and sophomore goalie Otto Bohan made 11 saves for the Cardinals for his third win.
- Michael McCormack scored twice and dished out two assists, Jake Madnick totaled five ground balls, and goalie Charles Midgley stopped 12-of-25 shots he faced.
- Wesleyan held a 30-26 edge in ground balls, and Middlebury claimed an advantage in face offs by winning 15-of-27.
- The Cardinals return to action Wednesday, March 21 and will play at Roanoke. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.