Tori Redding '13 (#60, main photo), named WomensFieldHockey.com Rookie of the Week, logged a career-high 18 saves through 100 minutes of play, then stopped five penalty strokes during two series of strokes to give the Cardinals the backstopping they needed to upset two-time defending national champion Bowdoin, 3-2, Sat., Oct. 10. On the offensive end, Ashley McLaren '13 (#12, photo insert upper left) netted the tying goal with 2:20 left in regulation, then converted both her penalty strokes to support Wesleyan's effort.
With all the scoring in the second half, Bowdoin led 1-0 and 2-1, only to see Wesleyan come back to tie each time. Morgan McCauley '12 netted her team-leading sixth goal of the season with 10:46 to play to knot the count at 1-1 with Liz Chabot '11 dishing out the assist. It appeared Bowdoin might escape Middletown for the second year in a row (Bowdoin pulled out a 1-0 win in the final minute last season) when the Polar Bears regain the lead with five minutes to go.
McLaren's unassisted tally late in the game propelled the teams into overtime and after 30 minutes of scoreless action, it was on to penalty strokes. McLaren and McCauley converted the strokes to match the effort of Bowdoin. In the second set, Wesleyan got conversions from McLaren and Chabot while two Bowdoin attempts missed the cage and a third was stopped by Redding. When Redding made another stop on the fourth Polar Bear try, the game belonged to the Cardinals. Bowdoin entered the contest ranked 12th nationally in Division III.
Wesleyan has a week off from competition before facing Bates in another important NESCAC contest Sat., Oct. 17 in Middletown.