Converting a penalty kick in the 87th minute to break a 1-1 tie, Laura Kurash '13 (#8, photo by Pete Stein '84) registered game-winning goal no. 6 on the year and the 12th of her career as the Cardinals prevailed in a NESCAC matchup at Conn. College, 2-1, Thurs., Oct. 20. Kurash also had Wesleyan's opening goal of the contest, coverting a Kerry Doyle '14 corner kick in the 78th minute, which tied the count at 1-1. Kurash now has 13 goals on the year, five more than the rest of the team combined, as Wesleyan won its fifth straight game and improved its overall record to 8-4. Wesleyan is now guaranteed its fourth non-losing season in a row and with a 4-4 NESCAC mark, has clinched its fourth straight NESCAC tournament appearance.
In the Wesleyan net, Jessica Tollman '15 stopped four Camel scoring bids and was touched for just one goal, that in the 63rd minute after a scoreless first half.
Wesleyan ventured to Amherst for a Little Three battle Sat., Oct. 22 at noon. Amherst came into the game 12-0 overall, 8-0 in NESCAC play and ranked first in New England, eighth nationally. The Lord Jeffs moved out to a 2-0 halftime lead and added a second-half tally to record a 3-0 Little Three victory to claim the Little Three title. Tollman ended the game with nine stops as Amherst extended its unbeaten streak vs. Wesleyan to 20 games (19-0-1).
Despite the loss to Amherst, Wesleyan can still claim fourth place in the final NESCAC standings with a victory over Trinity in the final game of the regular season Tues., Oct. 25 and a loss by Tufts at Bowdoin on Oct. 26. The Trinity game is slated for a webcast.