No. 11 women's lacrosse falls to 12th-ranked Cardinals

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The rivalry between the 11th-ranked Colby College and 12th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse teams went the Cardinals way Saturday in a 16-6 victory at Bill Alfond Field. 

The Cardinals move to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the league, while the Mules drop to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
 
By the numbers
* Banks Dotson, Robyn Pirie, Gwen Geisler, Bridget Horwood, Emma Banks, and Grace Crowell had goals for Colby. 
 
* Wesleyan had an 18-6 advantage in draw controls and had three players with at least four. Abby Manning and Caroline Sgaglione both had six draws and Horst finished with four.
 
* Manning and Abigail Horst both had four goals for the winners.
 
* Horst had three of her four goals in the opening half to spark the Cardinals to a 10-2 lead at halftime. Manning, who also had an assist, had two goals in each half. 
 
* Wesleyan goaltender Allegra Grant stopped nine shots, caused a turnover, and had two ground balls. Breanna Cavanaugh finished with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sgaglione also had a caused turnover and three ground balls.
 
* Colby goaltenders Izzy Scribano and Emily Podgorni (pictured) combined for seven saves. Sarah Stark and Kelsey Otley both had two caused turnovers and one ground ball. 
 
Game highlights
* The two teams have played tight games the past three or four seasons, but the Cardinals came out flying. Wesleyan got an unassisted goal from Horst and a free-position score from Manning in the first two minutes of the game. 
 
* While the Cardinals continued to score, Wesleyan's defense did not allow a goal for more than 17 minutes. After Colby cut the margin to 7-1, Wesleyan scored three straight goals for a 10-1 lead.
 
* The Mules scored the last goal of the first half and the first goal of the second half to cut the deficit to 10-3. Wesleyan, though, scored four of the next five goals to pull away.
 
Next up
* Colby entertains Endicott College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season.
 
* Wesleyan will play host to Amherst College in a NESCAC game Wednesday at 6 p.m.