Matt Prezioso '15 Has 2nd 5-Goal Game of the Year to Rally Men's Lax Past Keene St., 11-8 - Adds Two More in 13-2 Conquering of Farmingdale
Trailing 6-4 early in the second half, Wesleyan rattled off five unanswered goals between the third and fourth quarters, two of them by Matt Prezioso '15 (#2 in photo) and the final one by Remy Lieberman '14 (#13 in photo) to spot the Cardinals a 9-6 bulge on their way to an 11-8 victory in Davenport, Fla. Fri., March 21. It was the second of two games played by Wesleyan in Florida and gave head coach John Raba his 200th career victory at Wesleyan. The squad was home for its next game Tues., March 25 against Farmingdale St. Wesleyabn, prevailed, 13-2.
Prezioso finished the Keene game with five goals as he netted three of the Cardinals' first four goals with Wesleyan down at intermission, 5-4. It was his second five-goal contest of the season as he leads the team with 18 markers. Lieberman ended the outing with a pair of goals. Wesleyan dominated the stats in the game, outshooting Keene, 52-29, while grabbing 50 grounders to Keene's 30. Wesleyan was ultra-efficient in the clearing department, successful 21 of 23 attempts, and on faceoffs as Jasper Kubasek '14 won 18 of 23 attempts while scooping up nine ground balls. The Cardinals also connected on four of nine extra-man opportunities with both of Lieberman's tallies coming with Wesleyan enjoying the extra man. Prezioso and Aidan Daniell '14 had the other two man-up goals. In the goal, Mark Simmons'14 made seven saves. The Keene netminder kept his squad in the game with 22 stops.
Wesleyan, now ranked 20th nationally in Division III, maintained its mastery over Farmingdale St. by improving to 8-0 all-time vs. the Rams with its 13-2 triumph. In sweeping all the games played between the squads, Wesleyan has won by a minimum of five goals each time out and holds a 126-35 edge in goals.
Wesleyan scored the opening 12 goals of the contest, carrying a 12-0 edge into the fourth quarter. Full-scale substitution by Wesleyan resulted in a 2-1 margin for Farmingdale in the final stanza. Wesleyan led 4-0 after 15 minutes of play and 7-0 at halftime. Leading the Cardinals with two goals was Prezioso as he raised his team-leading goal figure to 20. With 12 players registering a goal for the Cardinals during their balanced attack, four players had a goal and an assist - Daniell, Sam Stanton '14, Lyle Mitchell '16 and Stephen Dodd '15.
Wesleyan had a 36-16 edge in total shots and won 13 of 19 faceoffs, led by Kubacek, who won each of his six attempts. In goal, Simmons had four saves while playing the first three periods. Ted Bergman '17 had four saves in the fourth quarter and was touched for both goals during his 8:45 of playing time. Evan Isaacs '17 had no saves or goals against in his 6:15 at the end of the contest.
Up next for Wesleyan is a NESCAC battle with Colby in Waterville, Me. Sat., March 29. The contest will feature LiveStats.