The Cardinals look with anticipation to the 2010-2011 season, with the return of a vast majority of key contributors and a crop of talented newcomers. With each campaign Wesleyan raises its expectations in the NESCAC, the toughest league in Division III women’s hockey.
The coming season will showcase one of the most well-rounded squads in recent Cardinal history. Tri-captains Molly Friedemann ‘11 (#14, bottom photo), Julia Heffelfinger ‘11 (#6, photo upper right) and Jill Reynolds ‘12 (#24, photo upper left) lead the front lines, along with top scorers Sena Ito ‘11 and Julia Mulhern ‘12. The defensive corps will be lead by Rebecca Snelling ‘12, Emma Ram ‘12 and Becca Koppel ‘13. Leah Coe ‘11 and Jaime Bonner ‘12, who have the ability to play both forward and defense, will add versatility to the lineup. Also expected to provide important contributions are forwards Alex Bean ‘11, MJ Cardin ‘12 and Kelsey Muller ‘13 along with defenseman Ann Wheeler ‘12. The Cardinals will rely on netminders Ashleigh Corvi ‘13 and Nicole Bonneau ‘13, stalwarts last season, to stand tall between the pipes once again.
The freshman class combines a balance of skill, grit and smarts. Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14, Sydney Morgan '14 and Kit Van Hise '14 should add to the offense while Jenna Vanderlinden '14 and Jennelle Herrick '14 will bolster the blue line.
An expected highlight of the season will be Wesleyan’s participation in the Whaler Hockey Fest, a 13-day celebration of hockey in Connecticut with outdoor games played on UConn’s Rentschler Field. The Wesleyan men’s and women’s teams will play a double header against Trinity on February 15.
The season opened with perhaps the most difficult weekend of the year as the Cardinals traveled to Amherst for a pair of NESCAC match-ups Fri., Nov. 19 and Sat., Nov. 20. Amherst is the four-time defending NESCAC titlist and two-time defending NCAA Div. III tournament champion. The Lord Jeffs, ranked #1 nationally, looked much the part as they outshot the Cardinals in the series opener, 48-8, in securing a 7-0 victory. Corvi collected 41 saves in the game. It was the 14th consecutive win for Amherst over Wesleyan and seventh straight shutout. Wesleyan will look to improve the situation in the series finale.
(action photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)