Cards Come up Short vs. Nationally Ranked Bowdoin & Tufts as Season Ends in NESCAC Playoffs
Holding #1-ranked and undefeated Bowdoin to a 0-0 tie at halftime and continuing to survive the onslaught well into the second half with the help of solid defense from players like Emma Ram '11 (#9, photo), one of four freshmen who started the game, Wesleyan did not yield a goal for 54 minutes during the game in Brunswick, Me., Sat., Oct. 27. But the Polar Bears finally got one past goalie Breen McDonald '10 (background of photo) in the 55th minute of play and added an insurance goal with 4:31 left to capture the 2-0 decision. It was the 13th shutout of the year for Bowdoin which has allowed just one goal all season. McDonald ended the game with 14 saves for the Cardinals as Bowdoin took 24 shots at goal to just two by Wesleyan. The squad, seeded seventh in the NESCAC tournament, traveled to second-seeded Tufts for an opening-round contest Sun., Oct. 28. There Wesleyan came away on the short end of a 1-0 decision as McDonald turned away seven Jumbo attempts but the Cards were held without a shot in the game by #15-ranked Tufts. Wesleyan closed out the year with a 7-8 mark but enjoyed a mid-season six-game win streak which included NESCAC wins over Conn. College, Colby and Bates.