Putting Wesleyan ahead for good in the game's fourth minute and adding a second goal 20 minutes into the second half to pad the lead, Morgan McCauley '12 (#21, main photo by Scott Porter) improved her team-leading scoring in 2009 to eight goals and three assists for 19 points as the Cardinals bested Bates, 3-1, Sat., Oct. 17, in a NESCAC matchup.
Also scoring for the Cardinals was Liz Chabot '12 as Wesleyan led 3-0 heading into the final minute of play. With goalie Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo insert lower right) on the verge of her second career shutout, Bates broke through with only 32 seconds remaining to spoil the shutout bid. Redding finished the contest with four saves.
Redding didn't falter in the Cardinals' next outing, a non-conference affair at Salve Regina Tues., Oct. 20. There, Redding posted five saves while holding the Seahawks off the board. Scoring twice for the Cardinals, once during a penalty corner as the first half came to close and the second in the opening minute of the second half, was Alex Bean '11 (#17, photo insert upper right). The 2-0 win improved Wesleyan's all-time vs. Salve to 3-0.
On Thurs., Oct. 22, the Cardinals ran their win streak to five by downing Mount Holyoke, 3-0. Ashley McLaren '13 got the game-winner early in the second half, completing a two-way passing penalty corner setup with McCauley and Allie Lynch '11, who got the assists. Three minutes later, Lynch found Chabot with a pass in close on the right following another corner. McCauley then finished off the scoring with her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 61st minute as McLaren set her up with a perfect pass after working past two defenders on the right. Redding needed just two saves to secure her second straight shutout and third of the year. She allowed just three goals during the five-game win streak.
The streak came to an end at Amherst Sat., Oct. 24 as the Lord Jeffs used a 29-9 advantage in shots to produce a 3-0 victory. Keeper Redding match her career-high save output with 18, equaling her performance in the team's overtime win against Bowdoin two weeks earlier.
After missing out on the NESCAC playoffs for the first time a year ago, Wesleyan can wrap up a tournament bid with a victory in its final regular-season game at Conn. College Fri., Oct. 30. Wesleyan can also obtain a bid if Colby falls to Bates in its regular-season finale.