MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The fifth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team defeated Hamilton College on a rainy Saturday afternoon on Smith Field, 12-7. Prior to the game, the Cardinals honored their 12-member senior class, which recorded their 60th win with today's victory.
The Class of 2019, which consists of Corey Aviles, Christian Barker, Carter Hawthorne, Bryan Irwin, Scott Irwin, Zander Kotsen, Pat Leone, Chad Malinowski, Henry Martellier, Dylan Moser, John Neil, and Colin Uyeki, has an overall record of 60-12 (.833) and helped bring Wesleyan a National Championship (2018), a NESCAC Championship (2017), two NCAA Final Four appearances (2018, '17), two outright Little Three titles (2018, '17), and has qualified for the conference tournament all four seasons.
On Saturday, it was sophomore Ronan Jacoby that led the way for the Cardinals as he tallied a game-high five points on four goals and one assist to help Wesleyan improve to 11-2 overall and 7-2 in league play. The Continentals were led by Chad Morse's two-goal, two-assist performance as they dropped to 4-9 and 1-9.
- Hamilton got on the board first with a one-timer from Morse to Henry Hunt into the top left corner at the 11:42 mark, but the Cardinals closed out the first quarter on a 4-0 run and never looked back.
- In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Zander Kotsen wrapped around the goal and sent one to the top left corner. Roughly four minutes later, Christian Barker extended the Wesleyan run to six with a man-up goal at the 9:03 mark, giving the home team a 6-1 advantage.
- With 7:04 on the clock, Chris Conley dove in front of the net and snuck a shot underneath the goalie to cut the deficit to four.
- After nearly six minutes of scoreless action, Kotsen once again wrapped around the goal and found the top right corner for his third goal of the half as Wesleyan led 7-2 at the break.
- The Continentals came out strong to start the second half. Ben Gardner received a pass from Morse at the 13:30 mark to cut the margin to four, and only 23 seconds later, Morse found the back of the net to get within three.
- However, Wesleyan went on a 4-0 run to close out the third quarter and help put the game out of reach. In the closing seconds, Colin Uyeki stood behind the net and dove forward, sneaking a shot in between the goalie and the right post with just one second on the clock as the Cardinals led 11-4 entering the fourth.
- Hamilton outscored Wesleyan 3-1 in the final 15 minutes but the deficit was too much to overcome as the home team held on for the five-goal victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Kotsen scored three goals and assisted on another, while Barker and Uyeki each finished with two goals. Barker added an assist as well, and Scott Irwin tallied a goal to round out the top offensive performances for Wesleyan.
- Defensively for the Cardinals, Colin Malarchuk totaled three caused turnovers and Thomas Clejan tallied two. Malarchuk, Malinowski and Sean Penney recorded four ground balls each, and goalie Otto Bohan made 10 saves in 52 minutes between the posts. Ben Shapiro was 6-9 on faceoffs and Zach Zavalick was 7-12.
- Gardner finished with two goals for Hamilton and Hunt registered two points on one goal and one assist. Marc Welch led the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, and goalie Seamus Fagan stopped 10 shots.
- Wesleyan outshot Hamilton 49-34 and won 13-of-22 faceoffs.
- The Cardinals conclude the regular season on Wednesday, April 24 and will play at Connecticut College. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.