Five Points From Matt Prezioso '15 Helps Keep Men's Lax Atop NESCAC Standings with 14-10 Win at Colby Despite Loss to Amherst that Followed
Using a 5-0 run during the third period to up their 7-5 halftime lead to a solid 12-5 margin heading into the final stanza, the Cardinals went on to forge a 14-10 triumph at Colby Sat., March 29 to improve to 4-0 in NESCAC play. Matt Prezioso '15 (#2, photo courtesy of Tony Vazquez P'14) was the offensive spark plug for the Cardinals with three goals and two assists for five points in the contest. He then improved his team-leading point total to 32 on the season with two goals and two assists vs. Amherst at home Wed., April 2 to open Little Three play, but Wesleyan let an early 4-0 lead slip away in the 14-10 loss. The Cardinals finish their Little Three week against Williams Sat., April 5 in a game to be played at MCLA. The contest will be webcast.
At Colby, Wesleyan pulled away from an early 1-1 deadlock to take the lead on Remy Lieberman's '14 extra-man goal off a Prezioso pass at 5:56 of the first quarter, igniting a 4-1 Cardinal run for a 5-2 lead at 10:33 of the second period. Though Colby scored three straight to knot the count at 5-5, Wesleyan netted the final two goals of the first half, coming from David Murphy '15, his second of the game, and Prezioso. Five different Cardinals scored in the third period to up the advantage to 12-5. The final score was the closest Colby got in the fourth quarter.
Murphy and Lyle Mitchell '16 both ended the game with two goals and an assist to support the Cardinal cause. Sam Stanton '14 added a goal and an assist from his defensive middie position while leading the team in ground balls on the day with eight. In goal, Mark Simmons '14 posted eight saves.
Against Amherst, Quentin DellaFera '15 scored two of his three goals in the contest during the first quarter as Wesleyan moved ahead by four goals. But Amherst went on a 6-0 run and took a 6-4 lead into intermission. A flurry of goals in the third period, with four of the first five going to Wesleyan, gave the Cardinals their last lead, 8-7, on a low, long-range shot from the left side by Aidan Daniell '14. Amherst countered with three of the final four goals of the nine-goal period to carry a 10-9 margin into the final 15 minutes. A pair of Lord Jeff markers to begin the last period gave Amherst its largest lead to that point of the outing, 12-9. Prezioso made it 12-10 with 3:26 to go but with Wesleyan pressing to get the ball back, Amherst scored twice into a virtually empty net as Simmons was out of the cage much of the time chasing the ball. Wesleyan had won 15 of the previous 16 meetings vs. Amherst coming into the game and had been triumphant eight straight times at home before the setback.
At the midway point of the NESCAC season, Wesleyan is tied for first with Tufts, Bowdoin and Williams, all with 4-1 league records.