Behind hat tricks from attackers Alex Bean '11 (#17, main photo by Scott Porter) and Amy Blum '14 (#6, photo insert left side), Wesleyan racked up a school-record 12 goals in defeating Salve Regina for the fourth consecutive year Tues., Oct. 19. The teams first met in 2007 with Wesleyan winning, 2-1. Last year’s result was a 2-0 Cardinal triumph while the 2008 meeting was a 3-1 conquest for Wesleyan.
Wesleyan had equaled its school record for goals in a game earlier this season during s 10-2 triumph at Eastern Connecticut. Wesleyan first hit double-digit scoring in 1996 with a 10-0 win over Franklin Pierce.
Scoring five goals off rebounds as the Salve keepers combined for 20 saves, Wesleyan scored twice in the opening five minutes. Liz Chabot '12 and Taryn Murray '13 were the opportunists, getting to the loose ball after initial shots which were saved. Wesleyan ran the margin to 6-0 by halftime with Morgan McCauley '12, Jamie Thabault '11, Bean and Lila Creighton '11 all getting into the scoring act. McCauley’s goal was her team-leading ninth of the year.
All but one of the goals in the second half came courtesy of Bean or Blum, that by Averill Roberto '13 to make it 7-0 just 1:50 into the second half. Bean and Blum finished off the scoring to post their first career hat trick. Allie Lynch '11 added three assists in the contest.
Wesleyan held Salve without a shot in the game while rolling up 40, 32 of them on net. Corners favored Wesleyan, 18-0, with four converted into goals.
Wesleyan, which had been ranked among the top-20 nationally for several weeks before falling out of the rankings this week, took on NESCAC rival and 17th-ranked Amherst College in its next start Saturday, Oct. 23. In a back-and-forth battle, Wesleyan scored three straight goals between the first and second half to overcome a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 lead with less than 24 minutes to play.
Amherst rallied to tie the game, 3-3, with 7:13 to go and tallied the game-winner with just 1:45 remaining to claim a 4-3 victory, clinching the 2010 Little Three crown.
Chabot scored the Cardinals' first and third goals and assisted on the second, netted by McCauley, to come away with a five-point game. Chabot now trails McCauley for the team lead in scoring this season by just one point as each has 10 goals on the year.
Wesleyan will host Conn. College in its final game of the regular season Fri., Oct. 29 at 5 pm in a game slated for a webcast. Click < here > to watch the contest. No longer in the running for a first-round NESCAC tournament home game, the Cardinals will finish either fifth or sixth in the conference standings. A win over Conn and an Amherst victory over Trinity would seed the Cardinals fifth. Should Trinity defeat Amherst, Wesleyan will be sixth regardless of the outcome vs. Conn.