Trailing 8-1 in the first half at fourth-ranked nationally and NESCAC leader Trinity Wed., April 6, the Cardinals outscored the Bantams, 9-4, over the final 36 minutes, led by Kaylin Berger's '13 (#18, main photo) four second-half goals, but Trinity hung on to claim a 12-10 victory. It was the Bantams' fifth win in a row over the Cardinals and adjusted the all-time series record to 30-4-2 in Trinity's favor.
Trinity netted seven consecutive goals between 24:43 and 6:13 to seize its 8-1 edge. Wesleyan got the last two goals of the half from Jess Chukwu '11 and Hillary Cook '14, with Cook scoring with one tick left on the clock. Berger then got Wesleyan on the board first in the second half as she personally matched Trinity's second-half scoring, complemented by goals from Chukwu, Cook and Alle Lynch '11, who also had a pair of assists in the contest. Lynch's goal at 7:28 made it a 12-9 game but the Bantams clamped down and held Wesleyan to one final goal by Berger with 1:09 remaining. It was Berger's team-high-tying 19th marker of the year, equaling the output of Kayla Ellman '13.
Maggie Drowica '12 (#13, photo insert lower left) faced 39 Bantam shots in the game, 28 of them on goal, as she recorded a career-high-tying 18 saves. On three previous occasions, Drowica recorded 18 stops in a contest. She came up with 10 saves in the second half to help give the Cardinal attack a chance to get the squad back into the battle.
With her two goals in the game, Chukwu upped her career point total to 100 as she has six career assists, becoming just the 12th Wesleyan woman to hit the century mark in career scoring. She also edged closer to her 100th career goal as she now has 94, aiming to become just the sixth Wesleyan player in school history to reach the 100 plateau for goals.
Chukwu, Berger and company were back in action Sat., April 9 at another NESCAC powerhouse, Colby, which entered the week ranked #8 nationally, one of eight NESCAC squads among the top-20. The results were similar to the trip to Trinity as the Cardinals found themselves in a 7-1 hole 20 minutes into the contest, then played their host even over the final 40 minutes, ending up on the short end of a 13-7 final. Berger again led the attack with her fourth hat trick of the season, putting home three goals. It also extended her streak of scoring at least one goal to nine straight games. Drowica stopped 12 Mule shots and led the squad with three ground balls.
Up next for the squad is a visit to Williams Sat., April 16, for its fourth straight NESCAC game and third in a row on the road.