Holding an Eastern Conn. Warrior offense that came into the game averaging over 11 goals a contest while scoring no less than eight goals in any game this season to just three goals while shutting Eastern out over the opening 38:55, Wesleyan came away with a 9-3 home victory Wed., April 11. Wesleyan moved ahead in the overall series between the squads, 5-4, and has now won the last three encounters.
The Cardinals took the lead for good on the first point of the game by DJ Bernatavitz '12 (#21, left side photo) as he converted a shot from the right side off a pass from Max Landow '12 into the only goal of the first quarter with 9:16 to go. Bernatavitz added three points in the second quarter as Wesleyan tacked on five goals to hold a 6-0 lead at halftime. Bernatavitz fed Aidan Daniell '14 for his first of two goals in the stanza at the 12:54 mark. Then long-pole Brendan Hanley '13 scored from long range eight seconds later to make it 3-0. Landow took a pass from Bernatavitz on a fast break and scored from in front to make it 4-0 at the 8:41 mark. The next two Cardinal goals both came during a man-up situation with Daniell and Bernatavitz doing the honors. Daniell leads Wesleyan in scoring on the year with 22 points (13-9-22).
The teams scored evenly over the final two periods with each netting a pair in the third quarter and one in the final frame. Wesleyan's final three goals came from John Froats '12, Graham Macnab '14 and Remy Lieberman '14.
Cardinal keeper Grant Covington '12 (#35, right side photo) allowed just two goals over 52:25 of coverage time and posted six saves. Playing the final 7:35, Mark Simmons '14 made one save and permitted the final Eastern tally. The Cardinals nearly doubled up on Eastern in the shot department, 39-21.
Next up for Wesleyan was a critical NESCAC matchup with Bowdoin Sat., April 14 as both teams came into the contest in the top half of the NESCAC rankings. Bowdoin scored on its first four shots on goal for a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and held off a Wesleyan rally to take a 7-5 decision. Daniell had a goal and an assist, with his assist coming on key Cardinal goal in the fourth quarter by Macnab while Landow set up Matt Prezioso '15 with his second assist of the game, but Wesleyan could not get any closer in the final 4:21 of the contest. Wesleyan goals by Quentin DellaFera '15 and Daniell in the second period made it a 4-2 game but the Polar Bears upped the margin to 6-2 before Max Rosenman '13 made it 6-3 midway through the third frame.
Wesleyan outshot Bowdoin by a whopping 45-16 margin for the game and 22-10 in shots on goal, including a 21-5 edge in total shots during the opening 15 minutes but Bowdoin converted seven of its 10 shots on net into goals while Wesleyan turned just five of its 22 attempts into markers.
Wesleyan travels to Trinity Tues., April 17 for another pivotal NESCAC game.