Maggie Drowica '12, Named IWLCA Senior All-Star, Closes out Career with 14-Save Effort at Conn as Cards Drop Finale, 10-8
Stopping nine shots in the first half on her way to a 14-save performance for the game, Maggie Drowica '12 (#13, left side photo) had a solid outing in the season finale for the Cardinals during their 10-8 setback at Conn. College Wed., April 25. With the loss, Wesleyan finished 5-10 on the year and 1-9 in NESCAC play. Wesleyan came up short in its quest for a NESCAC tournament spot in 2012. Drowica was a rare four-year starter in net for the Cardinals, seeing action in 55 of a possible 59 games during her career while making 536 saves. Following the season, Drowica was chosen to play in the annual IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior All-Star Game, to be held at the United Sports Training Center in Downington, Pa. Sat., June 16.
Wesleyan had three players hit the twine twice during the final game as top scorer Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, photo lower right) turned the trick to close out the campaign with 38 scoring points on 31 goals and seven assists. Ranking second on the squad with 31 points on 25 goals and six assists was Kaylin Berger '13 (#18, photo upper right), who also was a two-goal scorer at Conn. Lydia Kring '13 also had a pair of tallies against the Camels.
Wesleyan forged a 4-4 tie after 30 minutes of play vs. Conn thanks in part to Drowica's fine netminding. The Cardinals got goals from Kring and Ellman in the last four minutes of the period to erase a 4-2 deficit and draw even at intermission. When the Camels got the first two goals of the second half, Wesleyan was playing catchup the rest of the contest and trailed by as many as three, 8-5, with 19:28 to go, before markers by Kring and Berger in a span of just 36 second narrowed the gap to 8-7 with 15:56 remaining. Conn posted the next two goals for a 10-7 bulge with 8:57 to go and Wesleyan countered with a Berger goal at 1:56 for the 10-8 final score. The Camels generated a 33-21 margin in total shots while defeating Wesleyan for only the second time in the last 11 meetings as last year's 13-8 Conn win ended the Cardinals' nine-game winning streak vs. the Camels. Conn holds a 22-15 edge in the overall series.