Score: Wesleyan 12, Babson 4
Records: Wesleyan (6-2); Babson (3-3)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Smith Field)
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 12 p.m.
The Lead: Meredith Smith '17 etched her name in the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse record books as she notched her 100th-career point to help lead the Cardinals to a 12-4 non-conference win over Babson College Saturday afternoon. Smith recorded four points in the win to become the 15th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone, and currently has 81 goals and 19 assists in her career.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Wesleyan in the first 30 minutes of action Saturday as the Cardinals took a commanding 6-1 lead into the break.
- The home team scored four unanswered goals to open the game – two from Meredith Smith '19 (27:33, 13:24) and two from Abby Manning '20 (16:54, 15:25) – before the Beavers got on the board at the 7:28 mark.
- In the closing seconds, Liana Mathias '17 scored with :18 on the clock and tacked on another score just 11 seconds later to give Wesleyan a five-goal advantage at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals increased their lead to 8-1 early in the second half off goals from Smith (29:46) and Manning (21:48), which were each assisted by Rachel Aronow '17.
- Babson responded with a 2-0 run, including a player-up free position goal from Taylor Herrmann (19:52), but Wesleyan closed out the game by scoring four of the final five goals en route to the decisive win.
- Aronow recorded two assists and scored once to lead all players in the second half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Manning, Mathias and Smith each finished with three goals and one assist for the Cardinals, while Aronow finished with one goal and three assists. Caitlin Wood '19 added two goals, and Manning posted a game-high five ground balls. Grace McCann '17 started in net for Wesleyan and stopped eight of 12 shots she faced.
- Four different players scored for Babson, as Herrmann led the way with two points (1g, 1a). Katie McKenna registered a game-high five ground balls and Olivia Phelan made two saves between the posts in 40:08 of action.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Prior to the opening draw, the Wesleyan women's lacrosse program dedicated the game to Navaiah Fulk, the Cardinals' honorary teammate through Team IMPACT the past four years.
- Navaiah was born with a condition called Gastroschisis. To support Navaiah and Gastroschisis research, you can make a donation at http://averysangels.org/gastroschisis/). Avery's Angels Gastroschisis Foundation is a volunteer non-profit whose mission is to support Gastroschisis research and awareness.
- "Navaiah has been an amazing source of inspiration and joy, and has shown the team what it truly means to be a warrior," said Head Coach Kim Williams.
- Wesleyan returns to action Saturday, April 1 and will play at Colby beginning at 12 p.m.