Facing Roger Williams for the first time in history, the Cardinals scored twice in the first half, then held off a strong Hawk surge in the second half to come away with a 2-1 victory Mon., Oct. 25. Roger Williams was riding an 11-game win streak into the contest, having lost three early matchups to three New England top-10 ranked teams, #1 Eastern Conn., #3 Brandeis and #7 Wheaton. Wesleyan is the first unranked squad to knock off the 13-4 Hawks.
Barrie Lindsay '12 was the catalyst for both Cardinal first-half markers, setting up Hillary Biggs '12 at 2:07 for her first goal of the season. It was the Cardinals' first shot of the game. Wesleyan cashed in on two of its five first-half attempts, the second goal coming off the foot of Amy Toig '14 (#6, photo) in the 38th minute, spotting Wesleyan a 2-0 edge. Biggs scored on a shot long-side from the right side of the box. Toig, who netted her first career marker, scored on a chip over the Hawk keeper from the left side after receiving a Lindsay pass.
Toig nearly made it a 3-0 margin but her shot in the 41st minute just trickled wide of the right post. Roger Williams was limited to two first-half shots and keeper Grace Bomann '14 needed just one save to keep the Hawks off the board for 45 minutes. Clare Colton '12 took over in goal for the second half and faced 15 shots, seven of them on net. She collected six saves but allowed the one RWU goal in the 75th minute. Still, her play was strong enough to keep the Cardinals in the lead and lock up the triumph. The Cardinals had 10 shots in the second period, five on net.
Now 4-4-4 on the season, Wesleyan has Conn. College coming to Middletown Fri., Oct. 29 for the regular-season finale. Hoping to lock up their third straight regular-season winning mark (8-6-2 in 2009 and 7-5-1 in 2008), the Cardinals have clinched a NESCAC tournament spot and could be seeded as high as fifth with a victory over the Camels and an Amherst win over Trinity. A loss or tie could drop the squad as low as seventh. LiveStats are available for the game with Conn starting at 3 p.m. and can be seen by clicking < here >.