Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, left side photo) scored three of the Cardinals' opening five goals while Lydia Kring '13 (#15, right side photo) had the other two, including the goal that put Wesleyan ahead for good, 2-1, to lead the Cardinals to a 17-6 victory at Western Connecticut Tues., March 29. Both Ellman, who leads Wesleyan with 17 goals this season, and Kring, who has 11 on the year, finished the game with four goals. Kring also was a demon in the ground-ball department, scooping up nine in the contest.
In total, eight team members found the net in the game with Jess Chukwu '11, Kaylin Berger '13 and Hillary Cook '14 accounting for a pair of goals apiece. Maggie Drowica '12 was rock-solid between the pipes, turning aside 13 WCSU scoring bids for a .684 save percentage on the afternoon.
Holding a slim 3-2 margin 11:10 into the first half, the Cardinals netted six of the next seven goals to snag a 9-3 halftime lead. When Ellman and Kring posted the first two goals of the second half, Wesleyan had an 11-3 bulge and the margin never fell below seven the rest of the way. It was just the second meeting between the teams as Wesleyan had an easy time in the only other encounter in 2000, winning 15-1.
The Cardinals, who are 5-0 against non-NESCAC competition this season, had their hands full once again Sat., April 2 when #11-ranked nationally Tufts invaded Middletown for a NESCAC battle. Wesleyan found itself trailing 4-1 barely three minutes into the contest and fought an uphill battle the rest of the afternoon as Tufts pulled way for a 19-9 victory. The teams combined for 20 goals in the first half with the Jumbos ahead, 12-8, at intermission. The scoring slowed down in the second half as Tufts netted the only goal during the opening 17 minutes of action for a 13-8 lead. Wesleyan could not crack the ice in the second half until 6:04 remained but by that time, Tufts had added four goals in a span of 4:08 for a 17-8 bulge.
Ellman, Kring and Claire O'Brien '12 all tallied twice for Wesleyan in the Tufts game.
Another nationally ranked NESCAC rival awaits the Cardinals as Wesleyan heads to #4 Trinity Wed., April 6 for its next start. The game will be webcast and can be watched by clicking < here >.