MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a competitive NESCAC matchup against No. 6 Wesleyan by a 15-11 score on Wednesday evening at Citrin Field.
After surrendering the game's first two goals in a span of 17 seconds, the Camels quickly recovered and rattled off three unanswered. Junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) found classmate Tommy Wynn (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Jon Creed (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) to give the visitors a 3-2 lead through one quarter of action.
Wesleyan, however, came back and scored three straight of its own in the opening six minutes of the second to regain the lead. The Camels tied the score up at 5-5 when Kelleher sent one to the back of the net at 4:57, but the hosts scored twice in the last minute to take a 7-5 advantage into the break. Harry Stanton most notably finding the back of the net with just one second remaining to put his team up by two.
The Cardinals then used the wave of momentum at the end of the second quarter to begin establishing control in the third. Stanton opened the scoring at the 13:14 mark before the Cardinals scored four more times to cap a 7-0 run.
Despite trailing by a 12-5 score, Connecticut College didn't go down easily and played to the final whistle. The visitors ended the game with four straight markers, but the seven-goal deficit from earlier in the half would prove to be too much to overcome.
Ronan Jacoby scored four goals and added an assist to lead the way for Wesleyan (12-2, NESCAC 9-1), which outshot its opponent by a 43-32 margin and had a 33-22 edge in ground balls. Taylor Ghesquiere and Stanton each netted a hat trick, while goalie Otto Bohan stopped five shots in nearly 54 minutes of action to pick up the save.
Connecticut College (10-5, NESCAC 5-5) was paced by sophomore Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) and Kelleher. Rutter exploded to record three goals along with two assists, and Kelleher had a game-high four helpers. Junior TJ Noonan (Wellesley, Mass.) caused three turnovers defensively, and goalies Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) and Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) combined to make 11 saves.
The Camels earned the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will travel to face fourth-seeded Williams on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.