After dropping a 5-4 decision to Hamilton during the Pioneer Valley Invitational two weeks ago, Wesleyan was eager to gain some revenge against the Continentals, and the NESCAC Championship at Trinity Fri., Feb. 3 proved to be just the right place and time to do so. Wesleyan, seeded ninth, knocked off Hamilton, 6-3, to advance to the NESCAC quarter-finals for the second year in a row. Wesleyan draws tournament host and top-seed Trinity in its quarter-final matchup Sat., Feb. 4. Wesleyan will then likely play the loser of the Bowdoin vs. Bates matchup in its second match of the day. Final round action to determine each spot in the top eight takes place Sun., Feb. 5.
Three Cardinals reversed their fortunes against the Continentals while three others repeated as winners. Tops was #1 John Steele '14 (main photo) as he came through with a resounding 3-0 victory, yielding a scant 15 points. Also winning again vs. Hamilton was Alex Nunez '14 (photo insert upper right), who posted a 3-1 win at #6 while Zander Nassikas '14 also beat a Continental for the second time, winning 3-1 at #4. Most impressive in his turn-around victory was Dan Sneed '15 (photo insert lower right), as he powered past his Hamilton rival, 3-0, allowing a mere 13 points at #3. Jeff Berman '14, at #5, and Ethan Moritz '14, at #7, both came through with exciting 3-2 wins after having dropped matches against Hamilton the first time out. Both won by the slimmest of margins in the fifth game, Berman by a 13-11 count and Moritz by an 11-9 score. Thus, their matches proved pivotal as losses by each would have turned the team decision in Hamilton favor.