MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team concluded its season with a 14-9 loss to No. 7 Wesleyan on Wednesday evening at Smith Field.
After a low-scoring first half which ended with the Cardinals holding on to a 3-1 lead, the teams exploded offensively to net a combined 19 goals over the last 30 minutes.
Wesleyan (13-2, NESCAC 8-2) built up leads of 6-2 and 8-3 in the second half, but the Camels fought back. Sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) factored into three straight goals in a span of four minutes, and the visitors only found themselves trailing by two at 8-6 with 14:13 left to play.
The Camels continued to remain within striking distance and came within one when freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) netted back-to-back markers to create a 9-8 score with 8:51 to play. However, a fourth yellow card was issued to a Camel that was unreleasable and proved to be tremendously costly. The Cardinals scored three times in a span of 1:49 playing up, which included getting free position goals from Abby Manning and Abigail Horst, and the Camels would never be able to recover from the 13-8 deficit.
Wesleyan, which set school records for overall (13) and conference wins (8), was paced by Horst and Manning. Horst provided six goals and one assist, while Manning tallied five markers. Allegra Grant picked up the victory after making 10 saves.
Playing in her final game as a collegian, senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) contributed two goals and two assists while also winning six draws to lead the way for Connecticut College. Junior Erica Hesser (Rye, N.H.) sparked the defense with three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while sophomore netminder Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) turned away eight shots. Wolin tallied four goals.
Connecticut College (4-11, NESCAC 0-10) graduates four seniors and is slated to return more than 20 letterwinners next season.