When Head Coach Shona Kerr described her squad as being "pumped" about the opportunity to take on top-seeded Bowdoin in the second round of the Howe Cup "C" Division, she wasn't just whistling Dixie. The Cardinals took full advantage of the situation and completely reversed the fortunes of the last meeting with the Polar Bears, producing an 8-1 victory Sat., Feb. 25 at Harvard. As a result, Wesleyan faced third-seeded George Washington for the divisional crown Sun., Feb. 26. GWU downed #2 seeded Amherst, 5-4, in its semifinal. Wesleyan fell to the Colonials, 7-2, with four of the seven setback coming by a 3-2 or 3-1 margin.
Wesleyan fell to Bowdoin twice this year, 5-4 back in November and 8-1 in January. In that latter match, four Cardinal losses came by a 3-2 count. Thus the reason for Coach Kerr's comment. Six Cardinals who fell to Bowdoin back on Jan. 18 turned it around at Howe Cup as #2 Annie Maxwell '15, #3 Lauren Nelson '15, #5 Grace Zimmerman '13, #6 Danielle Craig '13 (photo insert upper left), #8 Kar-Anne Tan '14 (main photo) and #9 Meherezade Sumariwalla '12 all proved victorious. Tan and Sumariwalla both captured 3-2 matches. At #1, Mary Foster '14 (photo insert lower left), recently named first-team all-NESCAC, her second all-NESCAC honor as she was a second-team pick in 2010-11, made it a 3-0 year vs. Bowdoin with her 3-0 triumph. It also evened her record for the year at 13-13. Craig and Tan both registered their team-leading 15th win of the season as Craig is 15-12 and Tan has a 15-8 mark.
Taking on NESCAC rival Colby for the fourth time this season to begin Howe Cup play, the Cardinals made it a clean sweep of the quartet of matchups with a 6-3 triumph Fri., Feb. 24. Maxwell, #4 Tanesha Jackson '13, Zimmerman, Craig, Tan and Sumariwalla all were winners over the Mules. Jackson, Tan and Sumariwalla all produced a 3-0 decision. In the three previous meetings vs. Colby this year, Wesleyan won by a 5-4 score each time. Jackson, Zimmerman and Tan all went 4-0 vs. the Mules in 2011-12.
Wesleyan had not faced GWU this season and now stands 3-6 overall against the Colonials. GWU took the last meeting of the squads in 2010-11, 7-2, and equaled that outcome this year. It was both Craig and Tan who produced the Cardinal victories, 3-2 and 3-1, respectively, as they ended up in a tie for team leadership in the wins category with 16 apiece. Wesleyan, which entered Howe Cup ranked 20th nationally, moved up two spots and finished in 18th place as the "C" Division runner-up.
Foster went on to represent Wesleyan at the CSA National Individual Championships at Amherst Fri.-Sun., March 2-4. There, she dropped a tough 3-2 match to Lehman of Amherst before defeating Rubine of Tufts comfortably, 3-0. She then fell to Sawin of Williams, 3-1.