Wesleyan, playing its first home game in 17 days after three conference road games, concluded its non-conference slate with a 6-0 record by defeating visiting Mount Holyoke, 19-6, Tues., April 19. The victory improved the Cardinals overall record vs. Mount Holyoke to 17-9 as the teams last met in 2004.
Wesleyan trailed once in the contest as Mount Holyoke erased an early 3-1 deficit with three straight goals. But that 4-3 lead with 19:51 to go quickly evaporated as Lydia Kring '13 (#15, right-side photo) netted a natural hat trick for the Cardinals in a span of 6:18, the first tying the game at 18:25, and the second becoming the game-winner at 17:04. Kring's three goals initiated a 10-0 Wesleyan run to the final minute of the first half as the Cardinals claimed a 13-5 edge at intermission. The Lyons ended the streak on a goal with :37 to go in the period. During the 10-0 run, Kring added her fifth goal of the game as she had opened the scoring at 29:02, and Kaylin Berger '13 picked up a hat trick. Berger tied for the team lead in goals with 26, equalling Kayla Ellman '13, who had a pair in the contest, both in the first 10 minutes. Hillary Cook '14 added two tallies for Wesleyan during the decisive stretch.
During the second half, the Cardinals got a natural hat trick from Catherine Taibi '13 (#6, left-side photo) and a goal and an assist from Allie Lynch '11, who ended the game with two goals and two assists. She leads Wesleyan with 37 points on the season (eight goals and 29 assists).
In the Wesleyan net, junior Maggie Drowica posted seven saves in a solid day's work.
Wesleyan got back into NESCAC play for its next game, hosting conference and Little Three rival Amherst Sat., April 23. Though Wesleyan scored first on a goal by Ellman, Amherst netted six in a row to hold a 6-1 edge with 6:52 left in the first half. The score stood 7-3 at halftime. Wesleyan, which had six individual goal scorers, got as close as 7-4 when Kring began the second half with her 24th goal of the year, but Amherst outscored Wesleyan, 6-2, the rest of the way for a 13-6 victory and captured the Little Three title. Berger also had a goal in the game as she and Ellman are tied for the team lead with 27. Berger and Kring also had assists for a two-point game.
Wesleyan closes out the year Fri., April 29 at Conn. College. Last year's meeting resulted in a exciting 17-13 Wesleyan win.
(Photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com)