After dropping a 5-4 decision to Conn. College during the opening weekend of play back in November while playing without several key starters, Wesleyan was looking forward to its next opportunity to make up some ground on the Camels, who were ranked #18 nationally while the Cardinals sat #21. At the Yale Round Robin Sat., Jan. 14, Wesleyan more than made up for the earier setback by hadning Conn. College a 7-2 loss, improving Wesleyan's mark on the year to 7-3. Wesleyan had another match slated during the Yale Round Robin, that against Hobart Sun., Jan. 15, a team Wesleyan had already downed by a 9-0 count this year. The Cardinals added an 8-1 win Sunday to improve their mark for the year to 8-3.
Two Cardinals were exceptional against their Camel foes as #2 Dan Sneed '15 (main photo) gave up just 19 points while sweeping past his opponent. At #3, Jeff Berman '14 (photo insert upper left), who missed the match back in November, was the most effective Cardinal as he yielded a mere 16 points and no more than six in a game. Five Cardinals were dramatic 3-2 winners, including come-from-behind wins by #1 John Steele '14 and #7 Ethan Moritz '14 as each trailed 2-1 in their match. Also claiming a five-game victory for the Cardinals was #4 Mike DeLalio '15, #5 Alex Nunez '14 and #6 Zander Nassikas '14.
Wesleyan had five sweeps against Hobart, coming from Steele, Berman, DeLalio, Nunez and Nassikas to lead the way. Moritz, #8 Luke Wherry '13 and #9 Blair Corbin '15 came through with 3-1 wins.
Wesleyan travels to Bowdoin Wed., Jan. 18 to challenge the Polar Bears along with Colby in a three-way affair for its next action. All three teams are tightly packed in the midst of seven consecutive NESCAC teams ranked from #18 to #24 nationally.