MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The fifth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team used an 11-2 run to pull away from Bowdoin College, and despite a late rally from the Polar Bears, the Cardinals hung on to win 12-8 on Senior Day at Jackson Field.
Harry Stanton '18—the program's all-time leading goal scorer—led Wesleyan (10-2, 7-1 NESCAC) with four as he reached the 200 mark for his career. Carter Hawthorne '19 and Ronan Jacoby '21 each tallied four points as well. The Polar Bears (8-4, 4-4 NESCAC) were led by Shawn Daly's four goals and one assist.
- Bowdoin came out strong offensively and scored the first two goals of the game at the 13:16 and 3:21 marks. Daly assisted on the first to Brett Kujala and scored the next goal on a man-up opportunity.
- Seconds after Daly put the visitors up by two, Wesleyan won the ensuing faceoff and Hawthorne dished it off to Jacoby for the Cardinals first goal of the game with 3:15 on the clock. Less than two minutes later, Jacoby knotted the game at 2-2.
- After nearly eight minutes of scoreless play in the second quarter, Wesleyan's offense came to life as Hawthorne found Colin Uyeki '19 in front of the net, as Uyeki caught the pass and quickly whipped the stick behind his back from his left to right shoulder for a highlight reel goal into the right corner.
- The Cardinals scored three goals in two minutes and 15 seconds as Stanton capped off a 5-0 run at the 5:12 mark to put the home team ahead, 5-2.
- Both teams exchanged two goals each the rest of the way as Taylor Ghesquiere '18 found the back of the net with just 12 seconds remaining before the half to give Wesleyan a 7-4 lead at the break.
- The Cardinals held Bowdoin scoreless in the third quarter while scoring twice to increase their lead to five, 9-4, entering the fourth.
- In the opening minutes of the final quarter, Wesleyan scored twice as a man-up goal by Cole Turpin '18 capped off another 5-0 run.
- Trailing 11-4, Bowdoin rallied with three straight goals from 10:43-to-8:23 as Daly cut the deficit to four. However, that proved to be the closest the Polar Bears would get the rest of the way as Stanton and Daly exchanged goals down the stretch en route to the 12-8 Wesleyan victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Seven Cardinals scored a goal Saturday while Jake Cresta '18 led the team with five ground balls including three caused turnovers. Classmate Andres Rodriguez posted a game-high four caused turnovers and sophomore goalie Otto Bohan picked up his eighth win (8-1) in net.
- Kujala scored twice and dished out an assist, and Jeff Powers and Kendall Rogers each scored a goal. Caleb Geitz recorded a team-high four ground balls and Parker Sessions led the Polar Bear defense with two caused turnovers. Despite the loss, goalie John Young made 13 saves between the posts.
- Wesleyan outshot Bowdoin 44-25 and held a 37-28 edge in ground balls. Both teams won 12 faceoffs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Prior to the start of the game, Wesleyan honored its 15-member senior class. The group currently boasts a 49-16 overall record and was pivotal in the Cardinals' historic 2017 season in which they won the NESCAC Championship and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament with a program record 20 wins. The senior class has also won two Little Three titles outright.
- With four more goals Saturday, Stanton moved into second place in Wesleyan's all-time point scorers list with 258 for his career (200 goals, 58 assists). Ghesquiere is tied for 13th all-time with 135 points (111 goals, 24 assists).
- Wesleyan is back in next Saturday, April 21 as it heads to Clinton, N.Y. to face Hamilton at 1 p.m.