#17 Wesleyan University 18 Connecticut College 10 Balzotti Leads NESCAC with 46 Goals Scored for Camels

#17 Wesleyan University 18 Connecticut College 10 Balzotti Leads NESCAC with 46 Goals Scored for Camels

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 18, Connecticut College 10
Records: Wesleyan (11-4, 7-3 NESCAC); Conn. College (3-12, 0-10 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, April 26

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.--In its 2017 regular-season finale, the 17th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team secured an 18-10 victory against Connecticut College  Wednesday night. Liana Mathias '17 scored a career- and game-high six goals to lead the way for the Cardinals.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was all Wesleyan in the first half as the home team dominated the time of possession.
  • Mathias put the Cardinals on the board just 48 seconds into play, and Wesleyan's lead quickly increased to five with 23:18 on the clock.
  • Conn. College registered its first goal of the game with 1:18 on the clock as Wesleyan took a 12-1 lead into halftime.
  • The second half was a different story as the Camels came out strong and scored four of the first five goals to cut the deficit to eight, 13-5, with 18:18 to play.
  • However, Wesleyan quickly increased its lead back to 10 with goals at the 16:12 and 15:08 marks by Abigail Horst '19 and Mathias, respectively.
  • The game would go back-and-forth for much of the second half and a goal from Lacey Hale with 3:34 remaining proved to be the final score as Wesleyan claimed the 18-10 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Aronow finished with four points on three goals and one assist, and Meredith Smith '17, Julia Black '18, Julia Gretsky '20 and Abby Manning '20 all finished with two goals apiece. Caroline Sgaglione '19 led the defensive efforts with game-highs of three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while also adding a game-high four draw controls.
  • Tina Balzotti led the Camels with three goals, while Clara Bisson, Hale and Jamie Navoni each finished with two.  
  • The Cardinals were a perfect 10-of-10 on clear attempts and outshot the Camels 34-18.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Wesleyan finished the regular season with a program record seven wins in conference play, and a program record 11 wins overall.
  • Balzotti Leads the NESCAC with 46 Goals Scored. She wrapped up her playing career with 108 markers for the Camels.  She is tied with Katelyn Driscoll '12 for eighth place on the program's all-time scoring list while ranking 12th in total offensive production  with her 130 points.