Teddy Citrin '12 (#20, main photo by Oliver Citrin '14) scored his team-leading 19th goal of the year as the eighth individual goal-scorer for Wesleyan, completing a run of four goals to finish the game and give homestanding Wesleyan an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over visiting Colby Sat., April 9. The Cardinals, ranked 18th nationally in Division III, ended a three-game skid after a 6-0 start with its 10th all-time win over Colby against just three losses. Colby took last year's meeting in Waterville, Me., 6-4, ending a run of seven consecutive Cardinal wins vs. the Mules.
Down, 7-4, 2:30 into the third period as Colby got a pair of goals to start the second half, Wesleyan evened the count at 7-7 by the end of the stanza on scores by three freshmen. Sam Stanton '14 got his first career goal as he collared the rebound of a Gabe Kelley '11 shot which was saved by the Colby netminder, and put home the follow-up shot. Aidan Daniell '14 netted his 11th of the season on a long shot from the right side that just hit the ground in front of the goalie. Wesleyan evened the count at 7-7 when Chris Walsh '14 turned a DJ Bernatavitz '12 pass (#21, photo insert lower right) on the right side into his sixth goal of the year at 6:10 on a man-advantage situation. It capped a three-goal Cardinal scoring stretch in a span of 5:22.
Citrin got the only goal of the fourth quarter as he circled from around the net on the left and cranked a side-arm shot waist high into the cage with 9:47 left on the clock. The teams had numerous possessions over the final stages of the game, but each withstood the other's offensive thrust. A costly Colby turnover in the final two minutes gave Wesleyan a chance to take much of the remaining time off the clock. Colby did not have a possession in the offensive end in the closing moments with Wesleyan killing a man-down situation with 2:55 left by gaining control in its own end following pone Mule shot and keeping possession in the Colby end as the penalty expired.
Colby trailed for only 1:04 in the opening period before falling behind on Citrin's eventual game-winner. Over the course of the game, Colby led for 22:51 and the teams were tied for 26:18. Wesleyan led for only 10:51. Colby pulled away from a 3-3 tie with 12:08 to go in the second period by tallying four of the next five goals to build a 7-4 edge with 12:30 to go in the third period.
Grant Covington '12 came up with 10 stops in the Wesleyan goal in a commendable effort and led the team in ground balls with five. Defender Mike Robinson '13 led the way in caused turnovers with five.
Wesleyan's next game was an in-state, non-conference battle at Eastern Connecticut, Tues., April 12. Behind two-goal, three-assist efforts by both Citrin and Bernatavitz, the Cardinals pulled away during the second quarter for a 7-4 halftime lead, and extended the advantage with three quick goals in the third period en route to a 13-8 win. Wesleyan led 5-2 early on before Eastern cut it to 5-4. But John Froats '12 began a 5-0 Wesleyan run at 5:19 of the second frame with a high shot from the middle off a Bernatavitz feed. Conor Malangone '11 ended the stretch with a goal at 9:22 of the third period, converting Max Landow's '12 pass from behind the net to give Wesleyan a commanding 10-4 lead. Eastern got as close as 10-6 before a quick three-goal burst upped Wesleyan's margin to a game-high seven at 13-6. Bernatavitz and Citrin each had one of the final three goals. Joining Bernatavitz and Citrin with two goals in the contest were Landow, who added two assists; Froats, who also dished out an assist; and Graham Gnall '11.
Wesleyan was paricularly accurate with its shots, hitting the net on 26 of 34 attempts. Eastern missed the mark nine times in 23 tries.
The Cardinals have their opening Little Three contest of the season ahead when Williams visits Middletown Sat., April 16, for a game which will have both a webcast < click here > and LiveStats < click here >, weather-permitting.