Wesleyan Shuts Down Trinity for Conference Win

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 16) - Moving out to a 2-0 lead on goals just 1:17 apart in the first quarter, Wesleyan assumed a 3-0 halftime lead and never let visiting Trinity get closer than two goals before pulling away for a 6-2 NESCAC men's lacrosse victory here today.

Wesleyan (10-3, 5-3) kept its hopes of a home NESCAC tournament game alive with the win while Trinity (4-9, 2-6) is in jeopardy of missing out on the post-season as both teams have two games remaining. Trinity hosts Hamilton in its next outing Saturday while Wesleyan hosts Tufts.

Junior Graham Macnab put Wesleyan ahead for good with a low bouncer from the right side at the 6:40 mark of the first period before sophomore David Murphy converted a senior Sam Stanton pass into a 2-0 Cardinal advantage at 5:23.

The last goal of the half came off the stick of sophomore Matt Prezioso, as he connected on a high shot from in close on the left after receiving a pass from junior Aidan Daniell. Prezioso and Macnab both finished the game with a pair of goals, upping their season totals to 15 and 19, respectively, while Daniell had a goal, his 16th, and an assist.

After being held scoreless for 32 minutes, the Bantams broke the ice as junior Nick Branholm took a pass from senior Rob Nogueras and fired in a low shot from long range on the right to make it 3-1 at 12:59 of the third period. Wesleyan countered 1:15 later with Daniell's goal, making it 4-1.

Nogueras got a goal of his own, his team-leading 23rd of the year, running the left side after a pass from junior Terence Olson at 6:41. Before the period ended, Prezioso had his second of the game, spotting the host a 5-2 bulge. Macnab's great individual effort at 13:49 of the fourth quarter finished off the scoring as he tracked down a ground ball off a rebound of his own shot and circled around the net on the left to toss in a diving shot.

Wesleyan outshot Trinity, 44-22, and put 25 shots on net to just nine by the Bantams. Trinity sophomore goalie Mickey Zaverucha was outstanding during the game, stopping 19 shots, many at close range and at times, in rapid order. Wesleyan keeper, junior Mark Simmons, was solid with seven stops.

Turnovers were another telling stat in the contest as Trinity committed 32 while the Cardinals were guilty of only 16. Wesleyan senior defender Mike Robinson led the way with four caused turnovers and had four ground balls. Stanton led in the GB department with six. Trinity got four grounders each from junior faceoff man Tom Reichert and junior Chase Growney. Senior defender Nick Piselli led the Bantams with two caused turnovers.

Wesleyan improved to 39-20 all-time vs. Trinity and has captured 15 of the last 17 meetings.

2013-04-16



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