No. 17 Wesleyan Romps to Victory over Lasell

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 13) - Playing the first time in a dozen years and for only the third time ever, Wesleyan and Lasell locked horns on the field here tonight. Wesleyan, ranked 17th nationally and fifth in New England, came away with an 18-1 decision. Wesleyan now stands 3-0 on the year and travels to NESCAC rival Bates Sat., March 16 for its next encounter. Lasell dropped to 1-3 on the year and plays at Wheaton Wed., March 20 in its next start.

Wesleyan got four goals and an assist from junior Graham Macnab as 12 different Cardinals found the net in the contest with junior Ian Vasquez adding two goals and two assists while sophomore Matt Presioso had a goal and two assists. Wesleyan had all 44 of its healthy players see action on the contest while Lasell played 26.

Wesleyan scored four goals in a span of 2:46 in the middle of the first period for a 4-0 lead and held an 8-0 advantage at halftime. A pair of goals 35 second apart in the third period made it 10-0 with 9:09 remaining in the frame. Two more tallies in a 1:05 span pushed the margin to 12-0 before sophomore Andy Puopolo got the lone Lasell marker, his sixth of the year, at 3:41 of the third period. Wesleyan tacked on six more goals in the fourth quarter for the final score.

Wesleyan generated a 59-26 edge in shots and had 38 ground balls to 21 by the Lasers. The Cardinals also won 13 of 21 faceoffs with junior Jasper Kubasek winning eight of 12.

Sophomore David Whalen started in goal for Lasell, playing the first half and making eight saves. Freshman Chris Thomas-Ikier minded the net for the second half and added five stops. Wesleyan's three goalies combined for five saves with junior Mark Simmons starting and making two in 26 minutes of work. Sophomore Justin Schick played 15 minutes and yielded the Laser goal while senior JD Dieterich handled the final 19 minutes, making three saves.


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