Netting the tying goal with :33 remaining in regulation after taking a pass from Allie Lynch '11 and cutting through the middle from the left side, Blair Ingraham '14 (#12, main photo) helped the Cardinals force overtime during their game at #16 Babson Tues., March 8. Midway through the six minutes of madatory overtime, Lydia Kring '13 (#15, photo insert lower right) put Wesleyan ahead for good with a shot in traffic, and the Cardinals held on for a 10-9 victory. The win avenged an 11-6 loss to the Beavers in 2009, the last time the squads faced each other, and evened the all-time series record at 4-4.
Kring tallied the winner into the upper left corner with just six seconds left in the initial three-minute extra frame. Lynch, who collected a game-high six points in the game on a goal and five assists, also set up the winner. Ingraham had evened the count with a shot high to the right side.
Wesleyan owned an early two-goal lead, only to fall behind 5-3 with 8:11 to go in the first half. The Cardinals netted the last two goals of the half as Hillary Cook '14 made it 5-4 before Kring's first goal of the game evened the count at 5-5 heading into intermission. Neither team led by more than a goal in the second half as each team led twice, Wesleyan at 6-5 and 7-6 on goals by Liz Chabot '12 and Kayla Ellman '13, and Babson at 8-7 and 9-8. Cook was a two-goal scorer along with Kring while six other Cardinals had one goal apiece.
Maggie Drowica '12 posted nine saves in the Cardinal net, none more important than a scoop stop on a low shot from the right side with :15 left in the final OT segment. Wesleyan had gained possession in its own end in the final minute but turned the ball over with :30 left, giving the Beavers a final attempt. Drowica kept possession after the save, hit Jess Chukwu '11 with a pass and Chukwu wound her way though the Wesleyan half of the field, allowing time to expire.
Wesleyan opened NESCAC play in its next outing, hosting #19 Bowdoin Sat., March 12. The Polar Bears broke away from a 1-1 tie after 10 minutes of play with a 6-1 run to take a 7-2 advantage en route to an 8-5 halftime lead. Wesleyan got no closer in the second half as the lead grew as large as eight, 15-7, before the Cardinals netted the final four goals, two of them by Jess Chukwu '11, who ended the contest with five markers. Kaylin Berger '13 had the other two goals down the stretch as she joined Kayla Ellman '13 with a pair. Allie Lynch '11 picked up three points with a goal and two assists. The Cardinals had a strong effort in the draw-control area with 16 wins vs. 11 losses including a 10-3 margin in the opening period. In goal, Drowica stopped 15 shots for a 50-percent day between the pipes.
Ahead for the squad is a trip to SUNY-Farmingdale Thurs., March 17.