Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, main photo) scored four goals while classmates Catherine Taibi '13 (#6, photo insert lower left) and Kaylin Berger '13 each tallied a hat track to pace Wesleyan past visiting Western Connecticut, 15-11, Thurs., March 29. The Cardinals now stand 3-0 all-time vs. the Colonials.
Ellman took over team goal-scoring leadership from Berger with her four markers, upping her season total to 18 while Berger is one behind with 17. Taibi improved her seasonal scoring to 13 goals.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-1 edge nine minutes into the contest, with two by Ellman and one each by Taibi and Berger along with a goal from sophomore Maddy Coulter. Western scored the next two to make it a 5-3 game before four straight by the Cardinals upped the difference to 9-3 with 5:56 left in the half. The teams went into intermission with Wesleyan ahead, 10-5.
The teams traded goals over the opening 10 minutes of the second half for a 12-7 score, but Wesleyan then netted three of the next four, including the second goal of the game by Daphne Kroessler '15, to push out to a seven-goal margin with 4:48 left on the clock. Western then put the finishing touches on the day's scoring with three markers in the final 3:21.
Mackenzie McPike '15 (#14, photo insert upper left), playing her first game in goal for Wesleyan, stopped seven shots, five of those in the second half.
Wesleyan played again Wed., April 4 in a NESCAC matchup at Amherst. The Cardinals battled the Lord Jeffs virtually even through 30 minutes of play as Amherst held a slim 3-2 margin at intermission. But the second half was all Amherst as the home squad rattled off 10 unanswered goals to push out to an 13-2 lead and end up on top 14-4. Ellman netted the first three goals for Wesleyan and Berger added the final tally. Amherst generated a 29-10 margin in total shots as Drowica picked up 10 saves. Amherst came into the contest ranked 11th nationally in Division III.
The competition gets no easier for the Cardinals as Colby, ranked seventh nationally, is the team's next opponent Sat., April 7 in Middletown. The game wil be webcast starting at noon.