Morgan McCauley '12 (#21, main photo), who led Wesleyan in scoring this season with nine goals and four assists for 22 points, and goalie Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo insert upper right), who played every minute in net for the Cardinals, were voted second-team all-NESCAC honorees following the conclusion of the NESCAC season.
McCauley had nearly as many goals as the next two highest Cardinals combined as she paced the attack during an 8-7 season. She finished eighth in goal-scoring in the NESCAC with a .64 goals-per-game figure. She netted three game-winning goals to pace the team in that area as well. Over her two years with the team, McCauley has nine goals and six assists for 24 points.
Redding ranked third in the conference in save percentage with a .819 mark, racking up 131 saves with 29 goals against, giving her a 1.87 goals-against average. The number placed her seventh in the NESCAC. On six occasions, she finished a game in double-digits for saves, including a season-high 20 in a 2-0 setback at Tufts in the team's final game of the season. Wesleyan, seeded seventh in the NESCAC, played at second-seeded Tufts in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament. Tufts went on to capture the NESCAC tournament crown with a 3-2 win at Trinity, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Four NESCAC teams qualified for the NCAAs as Trinity, Middlebury and Amherst all received at-large bids. These teams were responsible for five of Wesleyan's seven losses in 2009. One of the Cardinals' victories was a 3-2 decision over two-time defending national champion Bowdoin on penalty strokes.
Wesleyan's 8-7 record was its fifth winning season this decade and represented a tremendous improvement over the 3-11 mark of the 2008 squad. It was just the third time in program history that the Cardinals have won five more games than the previous year. The other two times came in 1978 when the team went from 2-5-1 in 1977 to 10-1 and in 1999 when the Cardinals turned a 5-9 mark in 1998 into a 13-4 record and ECAC Championship the next year.
Following the 2009 season, the NHFCA announced its National Academic Squad and Teams. Wesleyan was among the 101 Divison III colleges honored with a team GPA of 3.0 or above. Twelve Wesleyan players made the list of individual honorees - Lila Creighton '11, Alexa David '10, Suzanne Gallo '13, Liz Gauvey-Kern '11, Rebecca Hadad '12, Caitlin Kent '10, Maureen Malloy '13, Tori Redding '13, Averill Roberto '13, Ali Singer '12, Jamie Thabault '11 and Emily Wenzel '10 - with David, Kent and Wenzel honored for the fourth time in the their careers.