#15 Wesleyan Erupts in 3rd Quarter to Top Farmingdale

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 4) - Recovering from a 3-1 deficit with 8:57 left in the second quarter, Wesleyan (7-1), ranked 15th, got a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half from senior John Froats to even the count at halftime and went on to a 6-0 third-quarter effort to pull ahead 9-3 before settling for a 9-4 victory over visiting Farmingdale St. here today. Wesleyan now stands 6-0 all-time vs. Farmingdale.

The Rams built a 3-1 lead by thwarting the Cardinal attack, including two stops by senior goalie Pat Delventhal on one-on-one breaks by Wesleyan, one of which was from his counterpart, senior goalie Grant Covington. Delventhal ended the first half with nine saves but had just four in the second half for a 13-save game.

Covington, who played the opening 45 minutes, logged nine stops while allowing three goals, just about even with his NCAA Division III leading figures entering the game of a 75.8 save percentage and a 4.43 goals-against average. Today's numbers were a 75.0 save% and 4.00 GAA.

Farmingdale got goals from freshman Dan Cozier at 9:50 of the opening quarter to tie the count at 1-1 as Wesleyan sophomore Aidan Daniell had starting the day's scoring with his 10th goal of the year with a low bouncer after a dart to his right. Cozier received a pass from freshman Brad Rapone and scored on a quick, high shot. The Rams took the lead at 5:18 on a tally by junior Ricky Morales, who scooped up a ground ball with his long pole and turned it into a goal after a run to the middle.

When senior Tim Caden netted his 15th goal of the year to tie for team leadership at 8:57 during a man-up situation, the Rams had a 3-1 edge. It stayed that way until Froats bounced one in from the right side with :48 to go, followed by a similar shot on a man-up opportunity with :11 left, making it 3-3.

Wesleyan then scored three quick goals in the opening 1:34 of the third period for a 6-3 lead. Junior Brendan Hanley, senior Teddy Citrin and Daniell produced the markers. Froats then made it a four-goal game by netting the next two Cardinal goals, one at 10:29 and another at 2:51. Sophomore Remy Lieberman concluded the six-goal run with a quick shot after catching a pass from freshman David Murphy with :16 left in the quarter. Froats improved his seasonal goals to 11 while Citrin leads the Cardinals with 13.

Farmingdale got the only goal of the final stanza, and its first in a span of 34:17, as senior Shannon Robinson bounced one in from the left side past sophomore goalie Mark Simmons, who handled the final 15 minutes in the Cardinal net and made two stops. It was the 11th goal of the year for Robinson.

Wesleyan heads to Colby Sat., April 7 for a NESCAC match-up vs. the Mules in its next start. Farmingdale is off for 10 days before hosting Skyline Conference rival Richard Stockton Sat., April 14.

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Middletown, Conn. - The Rams fell 9-4 to #15 Wesleyan University (7-1) on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference men's lacrosse game held in Middletown, Connecticut. Farmingdale State is now 3-8 overall.

Wesleyan got on the board first just four minutes in, but the Rams scored three straight goals to hold a 3-1 lead halfway through the second period. Freshman attack Dan Cozier (West Islip, N.Y.) scored at 9:50 in the first, off a pass from freshman attack Brad Rapone (Roslyn Heights, N.Y.) for the 1-1 score.

Junior defenseman Ricky Morales (Holbrook, N.Y.) gave Farmingdale a 2-1 lead with an unassisted goal at 5:18 in the first. In the second, senior midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket, N.Y.) connected with a man-up goal, assisted by senior attack Ryan Oswald (Floral Park, N.Y.), for the 3-1 score.

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