MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's lacrosse seniors excelled on Senior Day as they helped lead the No. 9 Cardinals to a commanding 19-11 win over No. 14 Bowdoin Saturday on Smith Field.
Abby Manning scored five goals, while seniors Abigail Horst and Caitlin Wood scored three each. Wood also added an assist, and classmate Emi Ogden-Fung added a goal as well, as Wesleyan improved to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the NESCAC. Katie Miller scored five goals for the Polar Bears as they dropped to 7-5 and 4-4.
Prior to the game, Wesleyan honored its six senior class members - Amy Breitfeller, Breanna Cavanaugh, Horst, Ogden-Fung, Caroline Sgaglione, and Wood. The six Cardinals are already the winningest class in program history with a 39-24 overall record, two NCAA Tournament appearances, and two NCAA Tournament wins. In addition to the offensive production from Horst, Ogden-Fung, and Wood on Saturday, Cavanaugh, and Sgaglione led the defensive efforts as Cavanaugh finished with three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Sgaglione recorded a game-high four caused turnovers with two ground balls and three draw controls. Breitfeller, was unable to play due to injury.
Today's game was a rematch of last year's NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup, in which the Polar Bears won 11-10 at home.
- Wesleyan dominated the first half from the opening draw. Just 45 seconds into play, Horst ran to the left and tossed a cross-body shot to the bottom right corner.
- The Polar Bears responded less than a minute later following a goal from Fiona Bundy, but a player-up score by Manning at the 27:12 mark jumpstarted a 7-0 run by the home team as the Cardinals led 8-1 with 13:36 to play. Manning scored three times during the stretch.
- Bowdoin went on a 2-0 run in less than two minutes shortly after, cutting the deficit to six with 11:50 to go, but Wesleyan responded with back-to-back goals from Sydney Prokupek and Julia Gretsky to regain the seven-score advantage.
- After the teams exchanged goals, Kara Finnerty found the back of the net for Bowdoin on a player-up opportunity at the 2:13 mark, which proved to be the final score of the half as Wesleyan led 11-5 at the break.
- Wesleyan continued its strong play early in the second as Johanna Copeland found the back of the net just over a minute into the half, and Horst extended the lead to eight just over two minutes later.
- After a player-up score by Bowdoin shortly after, Wesleyan responded with back-to-back goals from Wood in a 40-second span to give the home team a convincing 15-6 lead with 22:03 remaining in regulation.
- Bowdoin didn't back down, however, and rallied with four-straight goals to get within five with 8:19 to play. Finnerty scored the first two goals of the run and Miller scored the next two.
- With 5:53 on the clock, Wood rifled in a free position shot just under the crossbar to end the Polar Bears' stretch.
- Miller found the back of the net once again with 3:41 on the clock, wrapping around the goal with an underhand low shot, but Wesleyan closed out the game on a 3-0 run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Seven Cardinals recorded multiple points, including Gretsky who finished with two goals and a game-high three assists. Horst led all players with six draw controls and goalie Allegra Grant made 10 saves in net.
- Finnerty finished with three goals for the Polar Bears, while Bundy scored once and dished out two assists, and Allison Williams recorded two assists. Finnerty and Caroline Maxwell led the team with two caused turnovers each and Morgan Pinado led the team with five draw controls.
- Wesleyan finished 6-13 on free position shots, while Bowdoin went just 1-8. The Cardinals outshot Bowdoin 38-33 and held a 17-14 edge in draw controls.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, April 20 and will head to Clinton, N.Y. for its final regular-season road game of the year. The Cardinals are scheduled to play Hamilton at 12 pm.