For the second year in a row, Wesleyan had five different players register a single goal in a contest vs. Plymouth St. as the Cardinals prevailed on the road, 5-1, Tues., Jan. 5, to open the 2011 portion of the campaign. The Cardinals captured this game under the tutelage of assistant coach Lucy Schoedel as head coach Jodi McKenna is currently in Stockholm, Sweden, directing the USA U18 women's squad during the World Championships. For a related release on Coach McKenna's assignment and accomplishments in Sweden, please click < here >.
With keeper Nicole Bonneau '13 (#30, main photo) turning aside 20 Panthers scoring bids, Wesleyan supported the solid defensive effort by building a 3-0 lead midway through the contest. Jill Reynolds '12 (#24, photo insert lower left) assisted on the team's opening goal, netted by Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14 at 11:50 of the opening frame, before scoring what proved to be the game-winner just :27 into the second frame. It was a power-play marker set up by Emma Ram '11. Reynolds, who was the only player to repeat as a goal-scorer vs. PSU from 2009-10, had the sole two-point game for Wesleyan.
At 11:17 of the middle stanza, the Cardinals made it 3-0 on Leah Coe's '11 first tally of the season. Sena Ito '11 received the assist. Though the Panthers ended Bonneau's shutout bid with 2:30 left in the second period, Julia Heffelfinger '11 and M.J. Cardin '12 combined forces only 14 seconds later to up the margin to 4-1. Ann Wheeler's '12 first career goal wrapped up the scoring as she netted an unassisted marker at 12:51 of the third period.
In last year's meeting with PSU in Middletown, Wesleyan captured a 5-2 decision with Reynolds, Ito, Kelsey Muller '13, Becca Koppel '13 and Heather Lindgren '12 providing the goals.
The Cardinals began second-semester league action Fri., Jan. 7 with a trip to Middlebury, followed by a shift over to Williams Sat, Jan. 8. The Panthers planted a 9-0 loss on the Cardinals while extending their all-time unbeaten string vs. Wesleyan to 45 games (42-0-3). Middlebury racked up a 46-8 edge in shots, building up a 4-0 lead after the first period and carrying a 7-0 margin into the final frame. Three of Middlebury's opening seven tallies came during the power-play, one with a two-player advantage. Ashleigh Corvi '13 played the initial 40 minutes in goal with 26 saves. Bonneau covered the net for the last 20 minutes, adding 11 saves.
At Williams, Heffelfinger and Reynolds both scored third-period goals to cut two-goal margins down to one as Williams had forged leads of 2-0 and 3-1. But Williams got an insurance marker with 6:43 to play and skated off with a 4-2 victory. Corvi finished the game with 24 saves.
The Cardinals open second-semester home action Tues., Jan. 12, hosting New England College in a non-league contest.
(photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)