Wesleyan vs. Nazareth
May 16, 2007
The Game Story:
Facing perennial national power Nazareth for the first time in men's lacrosse, the Cardinals stormed out to a 4-0 lead and kept the visiting Golden Flyers at arms length throughout the game en route to a 9-6 victory in an NCAA Division III quarter-final game in Middletown Wed., May 16. The game featured a one-hour weather delay and a lightening strike within 300 yards of the field that knocked out the power in the Freeman Athletic Center. But the Cardinals brought it all with them on the field after the delay as Mike Hines '07 scored less than five minutes after play resumed, sparking a 4-0 run. Two of the goals came from unlikely sources as defender Matt Burke '07 and defensive middie Kwasi Ansu '09 (#5, photo courtesy of Tony Pratt P'10) each scored during the run. The score stood 5-1 at intermission and despite a slight Nazareth run that narrowed the margin to 5-3 in the third period, Wesleyan netted four of the next five goals to boast a 9-4 cushion before a pair of last-minute Nazareth goals made the score a bit closer. Top scorer Jason Ben-Eliyahu '09 had two of the second-half tallies to up his goal total to 36 on the year. Grayson Connors '08 enjoyed a three-point game with a goal and two assists while Jeff Strittmatter '09 contributed a goal and an assist. Goalie Charlie Congleton '07 was his usual steady self stopping six of seven shot on net in the first half and finishing with 14 saves in the game. Wesleyan will face defending national champion Cortland St. in a national semi-final Sun., May 20 with the winner earning a trip to Baltimore May 27 to face the winner of Salisbury vs. Gettysburg. It is the second year in a row that Wesleyan and Cortland St. have done battle in the semi-finals with the Red Dragons coming back from a 5-3 deficit at home last year to pull out a 7-6 overtime triumph.