Score: Wesleyan 15, Tufts 8
Records: Wesleyan (10-4, 6-3 NESCAC); Tufts (9-5, 4-5 NESCAC)
Location: Medford, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 12 p.m.
The Lead: With a decisive 15-8 victory on Saturday, the 20th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team set a program record with 10 wins, as it defeated No. 18 Tufts University for the first time since 2007. The Cardinals also set a program record with six conference wins as they improved to 6-3 in the ultra-competitive NESCAC, while Liana Mathias '17 notched her 100th-career point to become the 16th player in program history to reach the milestone.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Wesleyan in the first half.
- After jumping out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of action, Tufts responded with back-to-back goals from Caroline Nowak to even the score with 21:30 on the clock.
- Cecily Freliech gave the Jumbos the lead with 17:56 to play, capping off a 3-0 run by the home team, but a goal from Rachel Aronow '17 at the 14:37 mark jumpstarted a 7-0 run by the visitors.
- The Cardinals kept Tufts scoreless for nearly 18 minutes en route to a 9-3 halftime lead.
- Aronow scored three of her game-high four goals in the first 30 minutes of action, while Meredith Smith '17 added a goal and two assists.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Both teams exchanged goals early on as it remained a six-point margin, 11-5, with 17:53 to play in regulation.
- Wesleyan went on a 4-0 stretch beginning at the 16:31 mark off a goal from Abigail Horst '19. Caitlin Wood '19 capped off the run with 4:47 to play as the Cardinals took a commanding 15-5 lead.
- Tufts scored the final three goals of the game down the stretch but it wasn't enough as Wesleyan held on for the 15-8 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Aronow scored four goals, while Mathias added four points on two goals and two assists. Horst and Abby Manning '20 each scored twice, and Caroline Sgaglione '19 led the team with two caused turnovers. Grace McCann '17 improved to 10-4 in net as she made 10 saves off 18 shots.
- Nowak joined Aronow with a game-high four goals to lead the Jumbos. Dakota Adamec registered two points on one goal and one assist, and goalie Audrey Evers was credited with the loss in net.
- Wesleyan was 7-of-8 on free position shots and held a 13-12 edge in draw controls
- "We knew that today was going to be a tough game on the road against a good Tufts team. The team was very focused all week and really came out strong today. Our defense started the game with big stops to get the momentum started and gave the offense time to settle in and go on a nice run to end the first half. Very proud of the efforts on both sides of the field today."
- Wesleyan wraps up the 2017 regular season at home Wednesday, April 26 and will host Connecticut College at 6 p.m.