Leah Sherman '15 (#21, photo) scored on each of her second-half free-position attempts for her first career hat trick but it wasn't enough to get the Cardinals past #7-ranked Colby in a NESCAC matchup in Middletown Sat., April 7, as the visitors prevailed, 12-9. Wesleyan takes on Howard U. in its next game Tues., April 10 at home.
Though Wesleyan generated more total shots (27-24), had a slight edge in ground balls (15-12) and dominated the draw control statistic (16-7), Colby converted on 12 of its 17 shots on net to win the scoreboard battle. Wesleyan connected on only nine of 18 shots on goal.
Wesleyan jumped ahead, 3-1,after 12:20 of play on goals by Blair Ingraham '14, Catherine Taibi '13 and Anna Michalowski '15. But the Mules netted five of the next six markers while taking the lead for good en route to an 8-5 halftime lead. Colby extended the difference to five in the second half, holding a 12-7 margin with 3:56 to go before Sherman turned her free-position shots into goals just 1:01 apart. But the Cardinals could get no closer in the final 2:09. Five of Wesleyan's nine goals came while the Cardinals enjoyed a man-power edge as Colby received six yellow cards in the contest. Colby had two man-up tallies due to four Wesleyan yellow cards.
Colby, which has appeared in three straight NESCAC title games with one championship, and has qualified for the NCAAs three years in a row, improved to 15-3 all-time vs. Wesleyan.