MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Ronan Jacoby scored five goals and assisted on another, and Tom Martello added four goals, as the fourth-ranked Wesleyan men's lacrosse team cruised to a commanding 21-6 win over in-state NESCAC rival Trinity on a cold, rainy Tuesday night at Citrin Field.
The Cardinals controlled the game from the opening faceoff, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, and never looked back. With the win, they improved to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in league play while the Bantams dropped to 8-4 and 3-4.
- Jacoby scored the first two goals of the game in the first four minutes and a score by Martello at the 8:58 mark put the home team ahead 3-0.
- Trinity got on the board at the 4:21 mark to cut the deficit to two, and neither team would score the rest of the quarter as the Cardinals led 3-1 entering the second.
- Wesleyan pulled away in the second quarter. Matt Chase scored the first goal of a 4-0 run just 45 seconds in.
- After another goal from Martello at the 9:54 mark, Jacoby scored just 42 seconds later. He received a pass from Barker and rifled his shot into the top right corner, somehow finding room between the goalie and the post.
- Shortly after, some great ball movement by the Cardinals led to another score as Jake Sexton found the back of the net off a dish from Matt Chase.
- John Caraviello snapped the Wesleyan run at the 2:06 mark as he snuck one inside the right post, but Wesleyan responded less than a minute later as Sexton scored once again.
- In the closing seconds of the half, Otto Bohan heaved a pass to Scott Irwin who rifled a shot roughly 35 yards away, finding the back of the net as time expired. With the goal, Wesleyan went into halftime with a 9-2 advantage.
- The Cardinals continued to extend their lead in the second half, outscoring Trinity 8-1 in the third to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Twelve different players scored for Wesleyan, and Barker and Colin Uyeki led the team with two assists each. Uyeki also scored once. Jacoby led the team with five ground balls and Otto Bohan was terrific in net with 10 goals in 45 minutes.
- Trinity was led by Caraviello and Drew Kozub with two goals each. Greg Barletta recorded eight ground balls and made 11 saves between the posts, and Will Hay caused three turnovers.
- Wesleyan outshot the Bantams 50-44 and went 2-5 on man-up opportunities, while Trinity was 0-5.
- The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday, April 13 and will play at Bowdoin. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.