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Cardinals Defeated by No. 7 Amherst, 10-5

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team lost a difficult NESCAC match-up on the road Wednesday night to Little Three rival and No. 7 Amherst College, 10-5.

Wesleyan: 3-6, 0-5 NESCAC
Amherst: 6-2, 3-2 NESCAC


  • Amherst took an early 4-0 lead and never looked back.
  • Wesleyan was led by Julia Black '18, who scored two goals, while Meredith Smith '17, Becca Phillips '17 and Dana Mitchell '18 all registered one each. Breanna Cavanaugh '19 dished out the lone Cardinal assist, while three players grabbed two ground balls – Black, Rachel Aronow '17 and Meghan Kelly '17. Nina Labovich '16 made six saves in net for Wesleyan.
  • Rachel Passarelli led all players with four goals, while Dakota Foster added two. Mia Haughton totaled four points on one goal and three assists, while Coco Kusiak, Kelly Karczewski and Kate Wyeth all tallied a goal each. Hanna Krueger led all players with five ground balls, and Christy Forrest made eight stops between the posts.
  • Amherst outshot Wesleyan 25-14, but Wesleyan claimed a 9-7 advantage in draw controls, went 8-for-9 in clear attempts and went 2-for-6 on free position shots. Amherst also recorded 12 turnovers, while Wesleyan registered 11.


  • The first half was all Amherst as the home team went ahead 3-0 early, including two goals just 27 seconds apart, and increased its lead to four with 2:30 to play before the break. Passarelli scored three of the team's four goals, while Haughton assisted on two of those scores.
  • Mitchell snapped Amherst's run, and put Wesleyan on the board with a free position goal at the 1:21 mark, but Kusiak found the back of the net with just :07 on the clock to give the home team a 5-1 advantage after 30 minutes of play.


  • The second half was a more even contest, but the lead was too large to overcome.
  • Amherst scored two goals early on to go ahead by six. A score by Black at the 14:58 mark cut the deficit to five, but Amherst scored on the ensuing draw control as Passarelli and Haughton connected for the third time to regain a six-goal lead.
  • Wesleyan outscored Amherst 3-2 in the final 13:16 of play, but it wasn't enough as the home team claimed the 10-5 win.


  • Wesleyan returns to the field Saturday, April 9 and will host its other Little Three rival, Williams College at 12 p.m.
  • Amherst is back in action Saturday as well and will play at No. 8 Colby College. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m.