Wesleyan Holds Off Trinity Rally for NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Win
Hartford, Conn. – After surrendering a goal to open the contest, Wesleyan scored eight unanswered en route to an 11-6 victory against Trinity on Tuesday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action at Jessee/Miller Field. The Cardinals have now won back-to-back games and are 9-3 overall with a 6-1 mark in conference tilts, while the Bantams have dropped four in a row to sit 3-8 on the season and 1-6 in league play.
Wesleyan was led offensively by the trio of Matt Prezioso, Quentin DellaFera and Remy Lieberman who each netted a pair of tallies. Prezioso dished out two assists to match Nate Ryan (1g-3a) with a game-high four points.
Junior Jeff Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) had his first multi-goal game of the season to pace the Trinity attack, while a quartet of other Bantams each found the back of the net.
Trinity opened the scoring as Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored an unassisted marker just over one minute into the game. Over the next quarter and a half, the Cardinals would rally to score eight straight before sophomore Michael Lofrese (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) netted the Bantams second goal of the game. Over the final eight minutes of the first half neither team would break through as Wesleyan took an 8-2 lead into the intermission.
The two conference rivals traded goals in the third quarter as Rautiola brought the Bantams within five, but DellaFera answered with a tally less than one minute later to make it a six-goal game heading into the fourth quarter. Trinity opened the final 15 minutes with two straight goals to make it 9-5 as James O'Connell (Middleton, Mass.) and Rautiola both beat Cardinals goaltender Justin Schick. Late in the game, Wesleyan would hold off the Bantams charge to escape with the triumph.
Schick made 14 saves to earn the victory for Wesleyan, while junior Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) turned aside 15 shots in a losing effort for Trinity.
Wesleyan controlled the faceoffs, as Jared Jacobs won 15-of-20 and grabbed a game-high 10 groundballs.