Behind a seven-point game (three goals, one assist) from Morgan McCauley '12 (#21, left side of photo by Scott Porter), Wesleyan earned a 4-0 win over Colby Sun., Oct. 2 . With the win, Wesleyan improved to 4-4 on the year and 2-4 in NESCAC play, while Colby fell to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in conference action. In the team's next outing Thurs., Oct. 6 at UMass Dartmouth, the Cardinals posted their 14th consecutive win over a non-conference foe as Liz Chabot '12 (#4, with ball right side of photo) picked up a pair of taliies during a 5-0 triumph. Last year, in the first meeting of the squads, Wesleyan prevailed, 4-2.
McCauley gave Wesleyan all the offense it would need vs. Colby just under four minutes into the contest. Wesleyan was awarded a penalty corner, withLiz Chabot '12 taking it. Chabot sent the ball to McCauley at the top of the circle, and McCauley sent a hard shot past the Colby keeper 3:48 into the game for her fourth goal of the year.
Wesleyan extended its lead to 2-0 with 6:31 gone. After two Colby saves on a pair of quick shots by Ashley McLaren '13 and McCauley, Blair Ingraham '14 waited on the doorstep and put home the rebound of McCauley's shot for her second goal of the year.
Wesleyan made it a 3-0 game with 7:04 left in the second half as McCauley again scored from the top of the circle following a corner taken by Chabot. McCauley got the hat trick with 4:29 remaining, taking a pass from Ingraham in front of the Colby cage and putting it into the net.
Wesleyan held an 18-2 edge in shots for the game as Tori Redding '13 needed to make only one stop to secure her third shutout of the season.
The victory was Wesleyan's largest against Colby since 2004, when the Cardinals defeated the Mules by an identical score. Five of the previous six meetings since that year went into overtime, with all six decided by a one-goal margin. Wesleyan earned a 2-1 overtime victory in Waterville, Maine, last season, avenging a 3-2 overtime home loss to Colby in 2009.
At UMass, the Cardinals outshot the Corsairs, 8-0, in the first half while building a 3-0 lead on markers by Chabot, McCauley and Ashley McLaren '13 during a 10-minute span. Shots in the second half favored Wesleyan, 8-2, as Chabot scored just three minutes into the frame and Jess Hanway '15 finished off the scoring in the 54th minute. The Cardinal defense held UMass without a shot on net.
The Cardinals return to NESCAC play on Sat., Oct. 8 with a home game against Bates.