Cards Ends Regular Season with 10th Straight Win over Conn, Fall to Amherst in NESCAC Tournament
Getting a goal from Asante Brooks '10 (#22, photo insert upper right courtesy of Peter Stein '84), seeing some of his first action at forward, in the 49th minute, and adding an insurance marker from Ozzie Parente '09 (#10, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com) in the 85th minute, the Cardinals posted a 2-0 win over Conn. College Fri., Oct. 31. It was the team's 10th straight win over the Camels and propelled Wesleyan to its ninth consecutive appearance in the NESCAC tournament. The Cardinals, seeded seventh, earned a date at second-seeded Amherst in an opening round road game Sun., Nov. 2. Coincidentally, when Wesleyan was seeded seventh for the 2005 NESCAC playoffs during which the squad went 3-0 to win the title and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals had an identical 3-4-2 NESCAC record. In goal, Nigel Stacey '11 was relatively untested in recording the shutout, making three routine saves.
Six days earlier, while finding themselves in a 3-0 hole late in the contest at Bates Sat., Oct. 25, Wesleyan got an opening goal courtesy of a Bates own goal in the 79th minute, then added a second goal in the 88th minute by Parente but could not come up with the equalizer. Parente was recently named a District I second-team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine academic All-American for the second time in his career. Parente has four goals and three assists this season to rank second on the team in scoring with 11 points.
Wesleyan's rematch with Amherst Nov. 1 resulted in a 2-0 Lord Jeff victory as the home squad converted two of its three first-half corner kicks into goals, the second coming with just :17 left in the period. Wesleyan had several good scoring chances in the contest but could not get the ball into the net as the Cardinals put just one of their eight shots on goal. Amherst hit the net with nine of 18 attempts as Wesleyan goalie Nigel Stacey '11 made seven stops.