DOVER, Del. – Led by Jessica Franklin, the Wesley College women's lacrosse team opened the 2012 season with an 8-7 victory over St. Joseph's (L.I.) Monday night at Scott D. Miller Stadium. This is the first time since the 2007 season that the Wolverines opened the season with a win.
Franklin scored a career-high four goals on seven shots on the night and also controlled a game-high five draws and caused a pair of turnovers. Jen Jacobs also scored a pair and tallied an assist while Alyssa Prudente recorded a goal and two assists. Nina Cornog also added a goal and dished out an assist.
Wesley fell behind 2-0 but got on board with 10:44 remaining in the first half when Prudente found Jacobs for a goal. Eleven seconds later the Golden Eagles responded with a goal but the Wolverines went on a 3-1 run to close out the period on goals by Prudente, Franklin and Cornog.
The teams traded a pair of goals apiece to start the second half but with 13:06 left in regulation, Jacobs found the back of the net for the second time off a Cornog assist. Just over three minutes later, Franklin rattled the cage with a free position shot to give Wesley a two-goal lead.
St. Joseph's cut the lead in half with just over four minutes left but could not get the equalizer.
Alyssa Batty earned the victory in goal for the Wolverines with nine saves and she also recorded a game-high eight ground balls. Wesley also caused 13 turnovers on the night, paced by Franklin, Prudente, Elizabeth Groom and Rylee Gould with two apiece.
Mary Washington is the next opponent for the Wolverines as the teams square off in a Capital Athletic Conference game on February 25 at 2pm in Fredericksburg, Va.