Wesleyan Shuts out Trinity in Fist Half En Route to Win

Hartford, Conn. - Freshman Mark Simmons (East Hampton, N.Y.) made 17 saves in goal and sophomore midfielder John Froats (Yorktown, N.Y.) tallied two goals and an assist to lead the visiting Wesleyan Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Trinity Bantams in NESCAC action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity drops to 6-4 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC with its second straight loss, while the Cardinals improve to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Wesleyan sophomore attackman Ted Citrin (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the only goal of the first quarter, and the Cardinals erupted for five scores in the second quarter to earn a 6-0 advantage at the break. Senior captain Lonny Blumenthal (Ballwin, Mo.) scored his two goals in the first half.

Freshman attackman Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) broke the Trinity scoring drought with a goal from senior midfielder Andrew Williamson (Sudbury, Mass.) 1:55 into the third quarter, but Froats answered for the Cardinals with the first of his two goals in the second half at the 6:24 mark of the third frame.

The teams traded goals midway through the fourth quarter, and Bantam junior midfielder Chris Hartzell (Hingham, Mass.) picked up a ground ball late in the fourth in front of the Cardinal goal and quickly shot past Simmons to account for the 8-3 final tally.

Trinity outshot Wesleyan, 30-26, with 14 of those shots coming in the fourth quarter, while Wesleyan won 10 of the 13 face-offs including 10 in 11 opportunities by senior captain midfielder Matt Ward (Boxford, Mass.). Trinity sophomore defenseman Alex Gottsch (Glencoe, Md.) picked up a game-high five ground balls and Bantam rookie Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) netted his first career goal.


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