Score: Wesleyan 11, Williams 6
Records: Wesleyan (8-3, 4-2 NESCAC); Williams (4-6, 1-5 NESCAC)
Location: Williamstown, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 12 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to defeat archrival Williams College Saturday afternoon, 11-6, to claim the Little Three Championship outright for the first time since 1982. Senior Liana Mathias led all players with six points (4g, 2a), while Abby Manning '20 added four (3g, 1a) and Rachel Aronow '17 tallied three (2g, 1a) to help lead the Cardinals to victory.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Mathias scored the first goal of the game off a free position shot just 1:06 into play. However, Williams rallied with four unanswered goals that was capped off at the 14:34 mark to go ahead, 4-1.
- Wesleyan responded with a run of its own and scored three-straight to close out the half, including goals from Aronow and Manning at the :35 and :06 marks, respectively, to even the score at 4-4 heading into the break.
- Mathias tallied one goal and two assists to lead the Cardinals in the first half, while Suzanna Penikis scored twice for Williams.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Ephs regained a lead at the 28:50 mark, but Wesleyan responded with back-to-back goals from Mathias (23:57) and Meredith Smith '17 (22:58).
- Jenna Chodos knotted the game at 6-6 with 16:32 to play off her second goal of the half.
- However, a goal from Mathias with 11:20 remaining on the clock sparked an impressive 5-0 Cardinal stretch to close out the game.
- Mathias and Manning each scored twice during the run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Antonia Kaz '19 scored the other Wesleyan goal, while Caroline Sgaglione '19 led all players with seven draw controls and four ground balls. Grace McCann '17 picked up the win in net with three saves.
- Katie Gallop led the Ephs with three points on one goal and two assists. Kat Fearey had a game-high four ground balls, and Emma Tenbarge recorded a team-high four draw controls. Margaret Draper made seven saves in net.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- With the win today, and a 9-4 win over Amherst last Wednesday, women's lacrosse claimed the Little Three title outright for the first time since 1982, and for the fourth time ever in the rivalry that dates back to 1978.
- Wesleyan has now won five Little Three Championships this season; football, men's basketball, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse.
- The five titles are the most since 1992-93 (5). The record is six, which was set in 1986-87.
- Men's lacrosse also won the Little Three title today, which marks the first time in the history of Wesleyan Athletics that both lacrosse programs won the championship in the same season.
HEAD COACH KIM WILLIAMS:
- "From the beginning of this year, winning the Little Three has been a goal for this team. I'm very proud of the entire team today, and especially for our senior class who have worked so hard all year to achieve this goal. They truly led all over the field today."
- The Cardinals are back in action Tuesday, April 11 and will face in-state rival Trinity on the road at 6 p.m.