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Manning Ties Program Record with Seven Goals as Wesleyan Rallies to Defeat Fredonia, 15-9

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


Score: Wesleyan 15, Fredonia 9
Records: Wesleyan (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC); Fredonia (0-3, 0-0 SUNYAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Smith Field)
Date: Wednesday, March 8
Time: 5 p.m.
The Lead: Tied 5-5 at halftime, the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied in the second half to defeat non-conference foe Fredonia State decisively, 15-9. Abby Manning '20 scored five of her game-high seven goals in the final 30 minutes of regulation to help guide the Cardinals to victory. Her seven goals also tied the Wesleyan women's lacrosse program record.


  • Caitlin Wood '19 scored the first goal of the game at the 28:18 mark.
  • Both teams exchanged the next six goals until Fredonia scored two in a row with 8:18 and :23 on the clock to go ahead, 5-4.
  • However, Wesleyan scored off the ensuing draw control just 10 seconds later to even the score at 5-5 entering the break.
  • Liana Mathias '17 scored one goal and assisted on two others in the first, while Wood recorded a goal and an assist.


  • The Cardinals pulled away in the second half. After both teams exchanged scores early to make it a 6-6 game, Wesleyan went on a 4-0 run in just over four minutes of action to pull ahead.
  • A goal by the Blue Devils at the 20:00 mark snapped the streak, but the Cardinals responded and rattled off five straight to take a commanding eight-goal lead with 7:16 to play.
  • Manning scored four of the team's five goals during the run.
  • Fredonia tacked on two late scores to cut the deficit to six.


  • Abigail Horst '19, the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, scored two goals Wednesday night. Manning added five draw controls to lead the team, and Caroline Sgaglione '19 recorded a team-high three caused turnovers.
  • Fredonia was led by Samantha Spiess, who totaled four points on two goals and two assists, while Katie Miller and Madeline Haney each tallied three points. Audrey Yokopovich recorded a goal, five draw controls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
  • Grace McCann '18 improved to 2-0 in net as she made five stops, while Nicole Burrows picked up the loss for Fredonia with 13 goals allowed on 27 shots.
  • Wesleyan held a 23-13 edge in ground balls, 16-9 advantage in draw controls, and forced 20 turnovers.
  • Manning's seven goals tied the program record that was also set by Margaret Metz '99, Debbie Saudek '92, Paige Heggie '90, Sondra Scott '88 and Barbara Martin '81.


  • The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, March 11 for their first road game of the year and will play No. 13 Hamilton.
  • The Blue Devils are scheduled to face Roger Williams on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.


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