Barrie Lindsay '12 (#10, main photo) put home the opening goal of the game in the 13th minute, then cashed in on the Cardinals' final penalty kick to lock up a spot in the NESCAC semi-finals for the first time in program history after a 1-1 tie at Tufts Sat., Oct. 29 in the opening round of the playoffs. Goalie Jessica Tollman '15 (#30, photo insert upper left) made a career-high 17 saves to backstop the effort as the Jumobs generated a 31-10 edge in total shots, but only found the net behind Tollman once, that at the 21-minute mark.
Wesleyan, playing in its fourth straight NESCAC tournament, advances to the semi-finals Sat., Nov. 5 against top-seed and host Amherst, which defeated Bowdoin, 3-2 in overtime, in its opening-round matchup. Middlebury, #2, and Williams, #3, clash in the other semi-final. Wesleyan is the fifth seed, equaling its highest-ever finish in the NESCAC regular-season standings.
Lindsay scored her first goal of the year after receiving a through pass from Kerry Doyle '14 (#7, photo insert lower left), who had two goals in Wesleyan's regular-season finale win over Trinity and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors. The pass to the right side set Lindsay up to find room inside the near post for a 1-0 Cardinal lead at 12:51. Tufts reponded 8:09 later to knot the score and the teams played scoreless for the final 69 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. Tollman had seven stops in each half and added three more in overtime to preserve the tie. Entering penalty kicks, Wesleyan converted on each attempt with Doyle, Katy Hardt '15, Katie O'Brien '15 and Laura Kurash '13 making the first four. Tufts also made good on its first three tries but Tollman stopped the fourth try. When Lindsay put home the Cardinals' last PK, Wesleyan had a spot in the semi-finals.
Wesleyan and Amherst met on Oct. 22 in Amherst with the Lord Jeffs securing a 3-0 victory. Wesleyan has not beaten its Little Three rival since 1993 as Amherst stands 19-0-1 in the last 20 meetings. Wesleyan and Amherst were first-round NESCAC tournament foes in both 2008 and 2009 with the Lord Jeffs capturing one-goal games each time, the last affair in overtime.