Cards Drop Pair of NESCAC Contests to Undefeated Rivals Trinity and Tufts with Colby Next on the Schedule
Taking on the top two teams in the NESCAC in their last two outings, the Cardinals came away with a tight home loss to Trinity Wed., April 6, following a 15-8 setback to defending national champion and top-ranked Tufts Sat., April 2. Ahead for the squad is another NESCAC home game Sat., April 9 vs. Colby. The game will have LiveStats and can be watched by clicking < here >.
The Bantams scored with :32 left to lift the Bantams to a 7-6 victory over Wesleyan to extended its unbeaten string to eight games to start the year. Trintiy is ranked 14th nationally in Division III while Wesleyan, which dropped its third in a row after a 6-0 start, is ranked 18th in the country.
The Bantams ended a 13-game losing streak vs. Wesleyan with the triumph, its first since a 9-8 home victory in 2000. Wesleyan captured last year's meeting in Hartford, 8-3, its 37th win in the series. Trinity secured its 19th series victory with its win.
The Bantams jumped ahead 3-0 in the opening 6:22 of the game before Wesleyan netted two of the next three goals to make it a 4-2 game. Trinity scored a pair in the final 1:14 of the half to gain a 6-2 lead at intermission. Wesleyan controlled the tempo most of the game as Trinity owned a 9-1 edge in shots midway through the first quarter but Wesleyan outshot its visitor, 33-15, the rest of the way and rallied with four straight goals in the second half to tie the game with 11:33 remaining on the second goal of the contest by Aidan Daniell '14 (#11, photo insert lower right). His shot from a soft angle on the right after a pass by Chris Walsh '14 evened the count and upped his goals for the season to 10. Daniell had Wesleyan's first goal of the game while John Froats '12 had the second.
Froats assisted on the opening goal of the second half, that by Conor Malangone '11 with just 1:28 off the clock, making it 6-3. At 5:27, an unassisted goal by long-pole Elliott Albert '14, who ran and dodged his way up the left side before scoring his first career goal, made it 6-4. Teddy Citrin's '12 (#20, main photo) quick-stick release off Daniell's pass at 14:29 of the fourth quarter made it 6-5. It was Citrin's team-leading 18th goal of the season.
Wesleyan had possession much of the time from the 10-minute mark to the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but a costly turnover on a dropped pass with 2:12 left gave the Bantams the ball. After calling timeout in the Wesleyan zone with 1:56 left, Trinity got off one wide shot and a battle ensued for the loose ball in the left corner. A slashing penalty was called against Wesleyan with 1:11 to go, giving the Bantams their fifth man-up situation of the game. They were 0-for-4 to that point. Another Trinity shot early in the penalty went wide and the Bantams maintained possession behind the net. Just 13 seconds later, Trinity found the net with what proved to be the game-winner. Trinity then win its 13th faceoff in 17 tries in the game and ran off the remaining seconds.
In the Cardinal net, Grant Covington '12 had six saves.
Trinity held the margin in grounders, 32-24, in the game despite Wesleyan's 35-24 advantage in the shot department.
Taking on defending national champ Tufts, ranked #1 throughout the 2011 season, Wesleyan found itself in an early hole and never recovered as the Jumbos stayed undefeated on the year.
Tufts pushed out to a 4-1 lead midway through the first period. Wesleyan closed to within a pair, 5-3, early in the second quarter on a goal by Daniell, but a four-goal Jumbos run extended the home team's lead to 9-3 and the Cardinals got no closer than five the rest of the way. Tufts held a 9-4 lead at halftime, then scored six of the next seven goals into the opening minute of the fourth quarter for a commanding 15-5 advantage.
A pair of goals by DJ Bernatavitz '12 along with the second goal of the game by Citrin closed out the day's scoring. Daneill also netted two goals for the Cardinals.
Playing 55 minutes in the Wesleyan net, Covington posted 14 saves while giving up all 15 Jumbo tallies. JD Dieterich '13 logged the final five minutes between the pipes.