CLINTON, N.Y. – Trailing for most of the game, Abigail Horst tied the score at 5-5 with 7:12 remaining before Abby Manning scored the game-winner at the 3:40 mark to give the eighth-ranked Wesleyan women's lacrosse team a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Hamilton College on the road Saturday afternoon.
Sydney Prokupek led the team with three points (1g, 2a) and Horst had a team-high two goals as the Cardinals outscored the Continentals 4-1 in the second half to improve to 12-2 overall and 7-2 in the NESCAC. With the win, Wesleyan tied a program-record in overall wins, which it set last year, as well as conference victories that it set in 2017. Honor Gabriel led Hamilton with two goals as the Continentals fell to 5-9 and 2-8.
- After 16 minutes of scoreless action, Hamilton got on the board first when Gabriel received a pass from Tessa Ryan and found the back of the net to give the home team the lead.
- The Continentals scored three more goals over the next five minutes to go ahead 4-0 with 9:10 remaining in the half.
- At the 3:56 mark, Wesleyan scored its first goal of the game from Horst to get within three. Just over three minutes later, Johanna Copeland cut the deficit to two with just 22 seconds to play as the visitors trailed 4-2 at halftime.
- A goal from Julia Gretsky in the opening minutes of the second half got Wesleyan within one, but the Cardinals wouldn't score again for roughly 17 minutes.
- With 18:06 remaining in regulation, Kara Pooley scored on a free position shot to give the home team a 5-3 advantage. However, it proved to be the final goal of the game for the Continentals.
- Wesleyan closed out the game on a 3-0 run, with Prokupek getting things going at the 10:18 mark.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Horst and Manning each won four draw controls for the Cardinals, and Gretsky and Caroline Sgaglione led the defense with two caused turnovers each. Kat Cucullo tallied a game-high five ground balls and goalie Allegra Grant made 13 saves.
- Olivia Seymour and Skyler Simson each scored a goal for Hamilton as well, while Pooley caused four turnovers, recorded four ground balls and secured two draw controls. Hannah Burrall was credited with the loss despite an excellent effort in goal in which she stopped 17 of 23 shots she faced.
- Wesleyan outshot Hamilton 31-23. Both teams turned the ball over 20 times.
- The Cardinals conclude the regular season on Wednesday, April 24 and will host Connecticut College. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.