OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 7 Wesleyan men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the first 11 minutes en route to a 12-6 win over NESCAC rival Middlebury Friday afternoon at the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson.
Carter Hawthorne dished out six assists to led all players in points, as the Cardinals improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Tyler Forbes led the Panthers with two goals and two points as they dropped to 1-3 and 1-2.
- Jake Sexton scored the first goal of the game at the 13:19 mark, and Wesleyan scored five more over the next nine minutes. With 4:03 remaining in the quarter, Hawthorne assisted on a man-up score to Colin Uyeki to extend the lead to 6-0.
- With the clock running out in the first, Middlebury took advantage of a man-up opportunity as Forbes found the back of the net with :08 on the clock.
- The Cardinals' strong play continued in the second quarter.
- Wesleyan went on a 3-0 run with goals from Matt Chase, Zach Zavalick and Christian Barker to go ahead 9-1 with 3:11 in the half.
- Similar to the first quarter, Middlebury scored late to cut the deficit to seven at the break as Luke Peterson scored at the 1:02 mark.
- The Panthers scored the first goal of the second half to get within six, but a 2-0 run by the Cardinals increased the lead back to eight.
- Middlebury closed out the quarter with three unanswered goals and trailed 11-6 entering the fourth quarter. However, Wesleyan held the Panthers scoreless in the final 15 minutes and a goal from Ronan Jacoby sealed the 12-6 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Chase, Jacoby, Sexton and Uyeki each scored two goals, while Jacoby and Sexton added an assist. In all, eight Cardinals factored into the scoring. Colin Malarchuk and Chad Malinowski led the defense with two caused turnovers each, and Otto Bohan made 11 saves in 58:58 minutes between the posts.
- Chase Goree added two goals and one assist for Middlebury, and Nick Peterson tallied three caused turnovers. In net, Charles Midgley made 17 saves in a losing effort.
- Wesleyan held a 29-23 edge in ground balls and 44-30 advantage in shots. The Cardinals were also 4-9 on man-up opportunities and won 13-of-19 faceoffs.
- The Cardinals return to action tomorrow for their third game in four days as they take on No. 19 Lynchburg at 6:15 p.m. in the Mustang Classic.