John Froats '12 (#6, photo) notched three goals and three assists to lead visiting Wesleyan to a 12-8 victory over Trinity Tues., April 17 in a pivotal NESCAC matchup. Trinity, ranked fifth in New England and 15th in the nation, dropped to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals, ranked eighth in New England, improved to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the league. The effort was the best offensive output of Froats' four years, topping a four-point game he has enjoyed three times in his career.
Wesleyan rattled off five straight goals after Trinity tied the game at 7-7 with 6:30 left in the third quarter. Cardinal Teddy Citrin '12 netted the game-winner with 2:10 left in the third, converting on an assist by Elliot Albert '14, who had carried the ball the length of the field. Froats recorded his sixth point 12:02 into the fourth quarter, feeding Joe Porcelli '14 for a goal, and three different Cardinals scored over the next 10 minutes. Trinity broke a 20:26 scoring drought at 1:04 in the fourth to close out the scoring as Grant Covington '12 played well in the Wesleyan net with 14 stops.
The teams had traded goals until early in the second quarter when Aidan Daniell '14 gave the Cardinals a two-goal edge at 4-2, whipping one in off a pass from Froats with 12:50 left before halftime. Trinity answered with 6:15 on the clock before Froats ended the first-half scoring with an unassisted score at 3:16.
Daniell and Citrin joined Froats as a hat-trick scorer for Wesleyan, while Brendan Hanley '13 totaled three ground balls and three caused turnovers in a strong defensive performance. Trinity outshot Wesleyan, 36-27, and held a 27-13 advantage on ground balls, but committed 22 turnovers to 18 by Wesleyan.
The Cardinals had another NESCAC road game, facing Tufts, ranked fifth nationally and atop to NESCAC standings with a 7-1 conference record, on Sat., April 21. Wesleyan led, 4-3, at intermission but a 4-0 burst by the Jumbos in the third quarter turned the outcome their way as Tufts came away with a 10-6 victory. The win clinched the top seed in the NESCAC tournament for the Jumbos and put Wesleyan in a four-way tie for fourth place heading into the final games Wed., April 25. Wesleyan will host Conn. College, also 5-4 in the conference, and the game will feature a webcast as well as LiveStats.
Citrin netted a pair at Tufts with his second goal spotting the Cardinals a 3-1 lead with 5:01 remaining before halftime. Three goals in a span of 1:42, two of them by the Jumbos including the only man-advantage goal of the contest in the relatively penalty-free outing, made it 4-3. Tufts evened the count at 11:18 of the third, took the lead for good at 9:50 and continued its scoring run into the fourth quarter. Netting goals at 13:20 an 12:32, Tufts forged a commanding 9-4 lead behind a 6-0 run. Froats and Quentin DellaFera '15 finished off Wesleyan's scoring in the final stanza. Covington notched 13 saves in a busy day's work as Tufts outshot Wesleyan, 45-27.