Carrying a five-game win streak into their NESCAC road game at Colby Sat., April 7, the Cardinals knew they would be facing one of the conference's most proficient teams when playing at home. As a result, the Mules jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and then withstood a third-quarter Wesleyan rally to go on for an 11-5 victory. Colby now stands 22-3 on its home turf over the last four years.
Wesleyan, and the nation's leading goalie Grant Covington '12, came into the game yielding less than five goals a game. Yet the Mules scored on its opening five shots on goal to pull ahead by four goals after 15 minutes of play. The team's traded goals in the second quarter as the Mules took a 6-2 lead into intermission. When Wesleyan scored a pair of goals in a span of just seven seconds midway through the third period, Wesleyan trailed just 6-4. Max Landow '12 (#15, right side photo) scored his second goal of the contest at 7:18 and Brett Cabriele '13 then got credit for the Cardinals' next goal right from the faceoff as the ball found an open Mule net.
But Colby ended the period on a 2-0 run and got the opening goal of the fourth quarter to extend its margin to 9-4. John Froats '12 (#6, left side photo) got his second goal of the game with 5:10 left, but the Mules finished off the scoring with a pair for the 11-5 final. Mark Simmons '14 played the last three periods in goal for Wesleyan with four saves and six goals allowed.
Despite the six-goal shortfall on the scoreboard, Wesleyan outshot Colby, 33-26, had four more ground balls, cleared more effectively and turned the ball over seven less times than its host.
Wesleyan will be back on its home grass field Wed., April 11, taking on in-state rival Eastern Conn.