SALEM, Va. - After trailing 3-1 early in the first quarter, the No. 8 Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team rallied to defeat No. 10 Roanoke College on the road Wednesday night, 18-5. The Cardinals scored 10 unanswered goals en route to an impressive non-conference victory over a top-10 opponent.
Wesleyan, led by freshman Ronan Jacoby's eight points (six goals, two assists), improves to 5-1 overall on the season. The Maroons, who defeated No. 12 Dickinson on March 8, drop their first home game of the season and are now 6-2 overall. The team's only other loss was a 11-10 defeat on the road against No. 4 Denison.
- Wesleyan scored the first goal of the game when Christian Barker '19 found Jacoby just one minute and four seconds into play.
- However, the Maroons rallied with three consecutive goals in less than two minutes as Jason Sarro put the home team ahead, 3-1, at the 11:18 mark.
- Barker assisted on another Wesleyan goal as Harry Stanton '18 cut the deficit to one with 3:35 remaining in the first. Neither team would score the rest of the quarter.
- The Cardinals evened the score early in the second as Taylor Ghesquiere '18 took a pass from Barker and found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity.
- Roanoke regained a lead at the 10:50 mark, but it was all Wesleyan the rest of the way. The Cardinals scored three unanswered goals to close out the half, including two in the final minute, to take a 6-4 lead at the break.
- The momentum remained in Wesleyan's favor entering the second half as the Cardinals continously pressured the Maroons offensively, while also playing stellar defense.
- The visitors outscored Roanoke 5-0 in the third quarter behind two goals from Jacoby, and one each from Barker, Ghesquiere and Carter Hawthorne '19.
- Wesleyan scored the first three goals of the fourth, and back-to-back goals from Stanton capped off an impressive 10-0 run.
- With 9:54 remaining in regulation, Danny Serafin scored the first goal for Roanoke since the 10:50 mark of the second.
- However, the Cardinals continued to increase their lead down the stretch and finished with seven fourth quarter goals en route to the impressive victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan dominated all facets of the game, most notably winning 21-of-27 face-offs and scoring on 5-of-8 man-up opportunities, while the Maroons were 0-of-4. Additionally, the Cardinals held a 43-22 advantage in ground balls.
- Stanton finished with five goals and two assists, Barker dished out three assists while scoring twice, Hawthorne recorded four assists and a goal, and Ghesquiere scored three times. Zach Zavalick '20 had an excellent game on face-offs and finished with an incredible 15 ground balls. Jake Cresta '18 caused four turnovers and sophomore goalie Otto Bohan was impressive between the pipes with 11 saves on 16 shots.
- Sarro led the Maroons with three points on two goals and one assist. Five others factored into the scoring for Roanoke as goalie Ian Davies made 13 stops in net.
- The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, March 24 and will play at Skidmore. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.