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Kaz's Goal with 17 Seconds Left Gives Women's Lacrosse a 10-9 Victory Over Williams

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn- A goal by Antonia Kaz '19 with 17 seconds left, and a save by Nina Labovich '16 on a free position shot with two seconds left, lifted the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team over Little Three Rival Williams College on Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.

Wesleyan: 4-6 (1-5 NESCAC)
Williams: 4-6 (2-4 NESCAC)


  • The Cardinals opened up the game with two goals, but Williams would respond with two goals of their own to tie the game.
  • Wesleyan took a 3-2 lead, but the Ephs scored five unanswered goals and went into the half leading 7-3.
  • The Cardinals would score four of the next five goals in the second half to put themselves within one goal of the lead at 8-7.
  • The Cardinals rallied scoring a goal up two players with 3:37 left, and the game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining.
  • Liana Mathias '17 lead Wesleyan with four goals while Rachel Aronow '17 netted two of her own.
  • The Cardinals held the advantage in groundballs, scooping up 13, while Williams grabbed 8.
  • Williams edged Wesleyan in draw controls, winning 14 to Wesleyans' 6. The Ephs also help the advantage in shots at 27-21.


  • Aronow and Breanna Cavanaugh '19 opened the scoring as their unassisted goals gave Wesleyan an early 2-0 advantage.
  • The Ephs would respond with two goals of their own, scored by Micaela Dussel on a free position shot, and an unassisted goal by Anne Rehfuss.
  • The Cardinals would regain the lead at the 14:40 mark as Mathias  took a pass from Sara Bennett '18 and got it past the Ephs' goaltender, Ana Alvarenga.
  • Williams scored the last five goals of the half, including two more goals from Dussel, to take a 7-3 lead into the second half.


  • Wesleyan started the second half just as they started the first, with two goals to bring their deficit to two at 7-5. Aronow scored on a free position shot at 29:26, and followed that up with an assist on a Mathias goal at 28:02. That goal came with the Cardinals down a player.
  • Emma Tenbarge netted an unassisted goal at 27:51 to bring the Williams' lead to 8-5.
  • The Cardinals then went on a three goal run to tie the game at 8. Mathias, Julia Black '18 and Smith all netted goals, with Smith's goal at 15:35 tying the game.
  • Tenbarge would score on a free position attempt at 7:47 to put the Ephs ahead by one at 9-8.
  • Mathias would bring the Cardinals back as her unassisted goal with 3:37 tied the game yet again at 9 all.
  • After working the ball around, Wesleyan was finally able to break the Williams' defense and get the shot they wanted as Kaz took the Smith pass and put it in the net to give the Cardinals the lead at 10-9.
  • With just under two seconds remaining, Labovich made a great save on an Eliza Quigley free position attempt to seal the 10-9 Wesleyan victory.


  • The Cardinals will return to action on Tuesday, April 12 as the will host NESCAC foe Trinity College at 7 p.m.
  • The Ephs will next take the field on Tuesday, April 12 as they will travel to New York to take on Hamilton College. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.