NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team concluded its 2018 campaign with a 14-11 setback against No. 14 Wesleyan on a wet and wild Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
The game was played in pouring rain, dense fog and also featured an extended halftime due to a lightning delay which kept the teams indoors for more than an hour. The first half was tight and physical with seven of the 13 goals being scored on free position attempts. Caitlin Wood most notably converted four position attempts by launching the ball high on every strike, which included one with 2:23 remaining to cap the scoring and give the Cardinals an 8-5 advantage.
The Camels thought they earned one more free position attempt before the break, but the foul in the waning seconds was ruled to have occurred outside the circle. The clock eventually ran down to zeros, and the teams headed to halftime with the visitors holding on to a three-goal lead.
After a lightning delay with three minutes remaining during the recess delayed the start of the second half for more than 60 minutes, the Camels struck first when sophomore Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) finished a pass from classmate Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) at the 27:51 mark. The duo connected a second time to make it 9-7 with 23:25 still to play, but the Cardinals embarked on a 3-0 run over the next 10 minutes to give themselves breathing room. Emma Richards then scored with 3:53 on the clock to extend the margin up to five at the time and put the game out of reach.
Abigail Horst and Wood combined to score nine of the first 10 goals for Wesleyan (10-5, NESCAC 6-4), which never trailed in the contest. Wood provided five goals, including four on free position attempts, while Horst netted four and also finished the game with four draws. Allegra Grant made six saves to pick up the win between the pipes.
Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) once again led Connecticut College with five points on four goals and one assist. She also won three draws, picked up four ground balls and caused four turnovers. Sophomore Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) netted a hat trick, and senior Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) finished with six saves.
Connecticut College (4-11, NESCAC 0-10) graduates six seniors and is slated to return more than 15 letterwinners next season.