Score: No. 18 Wesleyan 21, Skidmore 10
Records: Wesleyan (4-0); Skidmore (2-2)
Location: Englewood, Fla. (Ann Dever Memorial Field)
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 5 p.m.
The Lead: Ahead by two at halftime, 9-7, the No. 18 Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team cruised in the second half en route to a commanding 21-10 win over non-conference foe Skidmore College Monday night in Englewood, Florida.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It took the Cardinals just 29 seconds to get on the board. They scored three of the first four goals of the game off scores from Meredith Smith '17, Julia Gretsky '20 and Abby Manning '20, respectively.
- The Thoroughbreds, however, responded by scoring three of the next four goals to tie the game at 4-4 with 19:30 to play.
- Wesleyan led by as much as three following a goal from Manning with 2:30 on the clock, but a free position goal from Cas Szwajkowski with 1:15 remaining proved to be the final goal of the half as the Cardinals led 9-7 at the break.
- Manning and Szwajkowski led all players with four goals each in the first 30 minutes of action.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Skidmore scored just 41 seconds into the second half to cut the deficit to one, but the momentum was short-lived.
- A goal from Liana Mathias '17 off an assist from Gretsky at the 27:55 mark led to an incredible 12-0 run by the Cardinals.
- Abigail Horst '19 capped off the scoring streak with 7:44 to play as Wesleyan took a commanding 21-8 lead.
- The Thoroughbreds added two late goals to cut the deficit to 11.
- Smith and Rachel Aronow '17 led all players in the second half with three goals.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Manning continues to shine for Wesleyan and finished with a game-high seven points off five goals and two assists. She also recorded two ground balls and three draw controls. Smith scored a game-high five goals, and Caroline Sgaglione '19 finished with two ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
- Szwajkowski recorded five points off four goals and one assists to lead Skidmore, while Tyler Phillips and Gianna Muscari each scored twice.
- Grace McCann '17 earned the win in 49:15 minutes between the posts, and registered eight saves on 16 shots. Four different players played in net for Skidmore as Megan Kolopsky started and was credited with the loss.
- Wesleyan claimed a 21-11 edge in draw controls and went 7-of-8 on free position shots.
- The Cardinals return to Ann Dever Memorial Field Thursday, March 16 and will play William Smith at 11 a.m.