Ashleigh Corvi '13 Sets Wesleyan Record with 70 Saves at #1 Amherst ; Cards Then Lose at Home to Conn & Hamilton, on Road at Holy Cross
After averaging 40 saves a game in her rookie season last year, Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, main photo) outdid herself, and for that matter, all previous Wesleyan goaltenders, as she stopped 70 Amherst shots Sat., Nov. 20, during a 5-0 Lord Jeff victory. The win, combined with a 7-0 triumph to open the year the day before when Corvi produced 41 saves, gave Amherst, the four-time defending NESCAC champs and two-time defending NCAA Division III titlist, its fourth straight season series sweep without yielding a goal to Wesleyan.
On January 20, 2009, Rachel Stemerman '09 came up with 66 saves during a 6-1 setback to Sacred Heart, establishing a Wesleyan single-game mark. Last Year, Corvi began her career with a 59-save effort against Amherst and matched that figure in a game with Conn. College. That was her single-game high coming into the 2010-11 campaign.
Wesleyan's next game was against Conn. College in a NESCAC battle Sat., Nov. 27 in the team's home opener. That contest was followed by a matchup with Hamilton Sun., Nov. 28.
Wesleyan dropped its home opener to Conn., 3-1, despite another 40 saves from Corvi. After a scoreless first period, the Camels struck for three goals in a span of just 3:49 early in the second stanza with the first two coming during the power play.
M.J. Cardin '12 (#25, photo insert upper right) broke the ice for the Cardinals at 13:04 of the second period, receiving a nifty pass from behind the net by Kelsey Muller '13 and tucking home a shot. But the Cardinals did no further scoring as Conn owned a 43-14 edge in shots.
Against Hamilton, Wesleyan was looking to end a seven-game losing skid to the Continentals but Hamilton scored once in each period to extend the streak to eight, 3-0. Corvi added 37 saves to her totals. One of the Continental goals came on the power-play as the visitors posted a 40-15 margin in total shots.
The Cardinals moved out-of-conference for the first time this season when they ventured to Holy Cross Tues., Nov. 30. There Wesleyan fell, 4-1, as Jill Reynolds '12 got the Cardinals on the board in the final minute of the second period for her first tally of the season. Nicole Bonneau '13 saw her initial action in net this season, playing the opening 35 minutes and allowing four goals with 16 saves. Corvi took over for the final 25 minutes with 14 saves and no goals allowed. Holy Cross owned a 34-16 margin in total shots.
The Cards have no games slated over the weekend and will resume action Tues, Dec. 7 hosting Nichols in another non-conference encounter.