After Rolling Past ECSU With Strong Second Half, Cardinals Come up Short in Road Opener at Bates
After opening the season with a pair of exciting NESCAC games, a 13-8 victory over Williams and an 11-10 OT loss to Hamilton, Wesleyan returned to action Wed., March 14, hosting non-conference rival Eastern Connecticut. The Cardinals defeated ECSU, 16-7, for a 10-0 lead in the all-time series. Wesleyan opened both halves with solid scoring runs, jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first period before ECSU scored the final four goals to make it 6-5 at intermission. When Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, photo insert upper right) netted a pair of goals just 2:28 into the second half, it ignited a 7-0 Wesleyan run for a 13-5 lead. Ellman and Lydia Kring '13 (#15, main photo) both picked up three goals in the game, with Kring getting her hat trick 15:13 into the contest. Though the Warriors ended the scoring run at seven, the Cardinals netted three of the last four goals for the final margin. Wesleyan got a pair of goals each from Leah Sherman '15, Audrey Le '15 and Madeline Coulter '14 as well. In goal, Maggie Drowica '12 stopped nine shots, making it the third straight game she posted a better than .500 save percentage.
The squad then went on the road for the first time with a visit to Bates for a NESCAC matchup Sat., March 17. Ellman opened the scoring 1:24 into the game, but the Bobcats went on to score seven of the next nine goals en route to a 7-3 halftime edge. Ellman again initiated the scoring in the second half, drawing the Cardinals within three at 7-4, but that was as close as the Cards would get as Bates rattled off five unanswered goals to hold a 12-4 lead with just 6:40 to play. Though Catherine Taibi '13 interrupted the Bobcats flow with her second marker of the game and fourth goal of the year, Bates netted three more in the closing two mintes for a 15-5 victory. Ellman upped her goal scoring to nine for the year, ranking second on the team behind recent NESCAC Player of Week Kaylin Berger '13, who had a goal and an assist vs. Bates and has 11 goals on the year. Drowica came up slightly short of the .500 mark in save percentage for the first time as she turned aside 11 Bobcat shots.
Wesleyan is back in action Tues., March 20, traveling to Manhattanville for a non-conference tilt.