Teddy Citrin '12 Nets Tying & Go-Ahead Goals as Men's Lax Ends Regular Season with 11-10 Win over Conn - At Trinity in NESCACs May 1
Teddy Citrin '12 (#20, photo) scored the tying goal for Wesleyan with a bouncer off a run from the left side with 11:30 remaining in the fourth period, then put the Cardinals ahead for good just 23 second later with a similar play as Wesleyan came away with an 11-10 NESCAC victory over visiting Conn. College Fri., April 29, in the final regular-season game for each squad. Both teams move on to the NESCAC tournament Sunday, May 1, with a first-round road game. Wesleyan, seeded fifth, heads to fourth-seeded Trinity while Conn. College has the daunting task of playing defending national champion and top-seeded Tufts.
The Cardinals are no strangers to one-goal NESCAC games this season as all five of their conference victories have come by a lone tally. In a game during which each side control a pair of periods, Wesleyan picked the fourth quarter as well as the second quarter to dominate scoring-wise while the Camels owned a 7-0 edge in goals during the first and third periods. Thus, Wesleyan twice had to rally from three goal deficits after Conn forged a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes of play, and then ran up a 9-6 advantage heading into the final stanza. As a result, Wesleyan countered the three-goal Camel run in the first period and four-goal streak in the third by running off four in a row in the second and five straight in the fourth for its largest lead at 11-9.
That 11th Wesleyan goal came with Wesleyan enjoying a man-advantage and the third camel keeper of the game chasing in the zone in an attempt to regain possession. Matt Landow '12 put home the final Wesleyan goal, his 17th of the year, off a feed from DJ Bernatavitz '12 with just 1:10 to go.
The Camels won the ensuing faceoff and took just 17 second to narrow the gap back to one goal. Conn won the final faceoff as well as the Camels enjoyed a 16-8 edge for the game. Conn got off two wide shots during the final 20 seconds before Wesleyan knocked the ball free and Mike Robinson '13, got the final ground ball of the game for Wesleyan just before time expired.
Citrin finished the game with a hat trick and added two assists, improving his team-high goal output to 26 and tying him with Landow for points leadership with 31. Conor Malangone '11 also had three goals for Wesleyan, giving him 14 on the season, while Bernatavitz had a goal and three assists, bringing his season total to 27 points. Graham Gnall '11 chipped in with a pair of second-period scores for the Cardinals.
Grant Covington '12 went the distance in net for Wesleyan, posting eight saves.