Six Cardinals Net at Least One Goal, Grant Covington '12 Makes 10 Saves as Men's Lax Downs Williams, 9-4, Followed by 9-8 Win at Hamilton
Six different players scored as Wesleyan defeated Williams, 9-4, in the season opener for both teams Sat., March 10. The win was Wesleyan's first at Williams since 2004, as the Ephs entered the game riding a three-game winning streak in Williamstown.
Joe Porcelli '14 put Wesleyan on the board just 1:41 into the game, and Aidan Daniell '14 made it a 2-0 game with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Wesleyan added three more goals in the second quarter for a 5-0 halftime lead. Porcelli scored off a feed from Daniell with 10:29 remaining in the quarter, and Graham Macnab '14 made it 4-0 at the 7:02 mark. Teddy Citrin '12 (#20, main photo) found the back of the net with 2:02 remaining before halftime for the five-goal cushion.
Grant Covington '12 (#35, photo upper right) made 10 saves for Wesleyan in 54:23, with Mark Simmons '13 stopping five shots in the final 5:37. Wesleyan held a slim 26-25 edge in shots for the game, including an 8-1 margin in the first quarter, but Williams fired 10 shots to Wesleyan's five in the final quarter.
Wesleyan was whistled for a slashing penalty just 29 seconds into the second half, and Williams took advantage to net a man-up tally with 1:06 elapsed. Macnab answered with an unassisted score 38 seconds later, and Citrin did the same at the 12:03 mark for a 7-1 Wesleyan lead. Williams scored the final two goals of the period to make it a 7-3 game with 19 seconds remaining in the third.
Max Landow '12 gave Wesleyan an 8-3 lead with 9:19 to go in the game, and freshman David Murphy '15 made it 9-3 at 6:20. Williams got the last tally with 48 seconds to play for the 9-4 final.
Williams leads the all-time series 39-17, but Wesleyan has won 10 of 15 games in the series since 2001. Three of Wesleyan's five losses in that time have come by a single goal in Williamstown, including a 6-5 overtime defeat in its last trip to Williams in 2010.
Wesleyan returned to action on Sun., March 11 with a visit to Hamilton for just the second all-time meeting of the teamsa. While Wesleyan took the first contest in 2007 by an 11-2 count, this time the Cardinals squeeked past the Continentals, 9-8. Wesleyan held a 5-3 lead at halftime and extended the margin to three, 7-4, in the third period before hanging on as Hamilton outshot Wesleyan, 16-2, during the final 15 minutes. Wesleyan carried a 9-6 lead into the last period as Covington needed to make six of his 13 saves in the final frame to preserve the win. Neither team scored during the final 12:33 of the contest. Daniell led the way with two goals and an assist while Citrin added another pair. Landow was good for a goal and two assist as he enjoyed a three-point game.
Wesleyan opens the home schedule Sat., March 17 with another NESCAC matchup, taking on Bates.