MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Tied at 9-9 entering the fourth quarter, a game-winning goal from Ronan Jacoby followed by an insurance tally from Matt Chase sealed the victory for the 16th-ranked Wesleyan men's lacrosse team as it defeated in-state NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Citrin Field Wednesday night.
Tom Martello led the Cardinals (3-1) with five points on four goals and one assist. Four players scored two goals each for the Camels (1-3) while Jack Rutter and Sean Smith led the team with three points apiece.
- Martello scored Wesleyan's first goal of the game at the 11:17 mark off an assist from Pat Doherty, and just over two minutes later, Jacoby sent one between the goalie's legs to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.
- With 4:58 on the clock, Rutter put Conn. College on the board as he rifled his shot into the top right corner.
- Shortly after, the Cardinals answered as Jacoby deked a defender, sending him to the ground, before firing one into the bottom right corner. Less than two minutes later, Kyle Camphausen extended the lead to three off an assist from Martello.
- Justin Boes cut the deficit to two with 27 seconds to play in the first quarter, but early in the second, Martello put Wesleyan back on top by four.
- However, Conn. College went on a run and scored five unanswered goals in just under five minutes as five different Camels found the back of the net. Boes capped off the stretch with a tally at the 7:37 mark to give the visitors a 7-5 advantage.
- Wesleyan answered nicely and two goals from Pat Doherty and Chase evened the score at 7-7 heading into halftime.
- It was a different story in the second half as the teams combined for six goals.
- Wesleyan opened on a 2-0 run as Martello scored both goals, but the Camels answered with a 2-0 run of their own to tie the game at 9-9 entering the fourth.
- The Cardinals' defense held Conn. College scoreless in the final 15 minutes and Jacoby's highlight-reel goal with 10:11 to play proved to be the game-winner. Jacoby received a pass from Kevin Moriarty, made a quick spin move before rifling a deep shot into the top left corner.
- With 3:21 to play, Chase gave the home team some insurance with a low, unassisted goal from the front of the net.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals were a perfect 2-2 on man-up opportunities and finished 17-of-18 on clear attempts.
- Otto Bohan made 12 saves in net for Wesleyan to pick up the win.
- Colin Smith started between the posts for the Camels and stopped four shots while Billy Dreyer played the second half with one save.