In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, Wesleyan got its offense cranking from the start, netting nine goals in the first 17 minutes of the contest and led by no less than nine the rest of the way enroute to a 17-7 home victory against Roger Williams Thurs., March 24.
Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, photo upper right) put Wesleyan ahead for good in the first minute of the game with a good cut from right to left and a high shot at 29:10. She made it two in a row 2:51 later, and also scored the Cardinals' seventh goal to give her a hat trick and 10 goals on the season. In between Ellman's second and third tallies, Claire O'Brien '12 (#5, photo lower left) and Hillary Cook '14 each scored twice. The nine-goal run was capped by Liz Chabot '12 (#4, photo upper left) and Kaylin Berger '13, with Berger's coming at 13:01. Chabot went on to add the final two goals of the first half, making it a 12-1 edge at intermission and complete her hat trick.
The teams played just about even in the second half as the lead varied between nine and 12 goals. Wesleyan enjoyed a 33-14 edge in total shots for the game, 21-6 in the first period.
O'Brien finished off her hat trick for Wesleyan in the second half while Lydia Kring '13 (#15, photo lower right), usually a field player for Wesleyan but chosen to mind the net for the first half, put home a pair of tallies, giving her seven this season. Reserve middie Taylor Wells '14, who played a bit in the field during the first period, put on the pads for the second half and allowed the final six Roger Williams goals with one save. Kring had four first-half saves.
Wesleyan hosted Bates Sat., March 26, in a NESCAC matchup in its latest outing. Despite another Ellman hat trick, Bates came away with a 10-7 win. Ellman helped the Cardinals pull ahead, 4-1, in the first half with a pair of goals along with one each from O'Brien and Berger. But Bates scored five of the next six goals to take a 6-5 halftime lead and never relinquished the edge in the second half. For all but 1:23 of the initial 18 minutes of the second half, Wesleyan trailed by a lone goal. But three Bobcat goals in a span of 3:13 made it a 10-6 game with 8:04 to play and Kring's free-position goal with 6:49 to play was the only scoring in the final eight minutes.
Maggie Drowica '12 covered the Cardinal net, making 14 saves, 10 of those in the second half to keep it close most of the way.
Wesleyan will be on the road for its next contest, taking on Western Connecticut Tues., March 29 for just the second time ever and the first since 2000. The game will have LiveStats available and can be viewed by clicking < here >.
(photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)