Eleven Cardinals Light the Lamp in 18-10 Win over Howard as Squad Goes 4-1 vs. Non-NESCAC Rivals, Then Falls to Bowdoin
Lydia Kring '13 netted a hat trick and five other players scored two goals each, including team quad-captain Claire O'Brien '12 (#5, left side photo) as Wesleyan earned a 18-10 win over Howard University in the first-ever meeting of the teams Tues., April 10. Wesleyan improved to 5-6 with the victory, while Howard fell to 0-7.
Eleven Cardinals scored at least one goal in the game and eight had assists as 10 of the squad's 18 goals had assists. In addition, 13 Cardinals registered at least one ground ball. Though Howard jumped on the scoreboard first, Liz Chabot '12 answered for Wesleyan just 12 seconds later, tucking a bouncer inside the right post after Wesleyan controlled the draw to even the score. Kring then added a pair of tallies 1:09 apart to give Wesleyan a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish at 19:18.
The teams traded goals, giving Wesleyan a 5-3 lead with 13:59 left in the half. Wesleyan then scored six of the next seven goals for an 11-4 halftime lead. Howard opened the second half on a run of its own, scoring three of the first four goals, including a tally 32 seconds into the period, to cut its deficit to 12-7 with 22:12 to play. Catherine Taibi '13 scored with 15:23 left to give Wesleyan a 13-7 lead, sparking a four-goal Cardinal run that gave the home team a 16-7 lead at the 7:40 mark.
Howard broke the Wesleyan run with a free-position goal at 7:19. Following a tally by Wesleyan's Daphne Kroessler '15 with 3:27 to play, Howard scored on a pair of free-position shots 22 seconds apart for a 17-10 score with 1:29 remaining. Michele Drossner '14 concluded the scoring with 1:16 to go for the 18-10 final. All six Howard goals in the second half came on free-position opportunities.
Wesleyan finished its non-NESCAC schedule with a 4-1 record in 2012, giving the Cardinals a 13-3 non-conference mark over the last three seasons.
Mackenzie McPike '15, making her second career start in net, had six saves for Wesleyan as the Cards held a 39-22 edge in shots. Team quad-captain Alexa Narzikul 12 (#11, right side photo) was a consistent force on defense for the team throughout the contest.
Wesleyan traveled to Bowdoin, ranked 10th nationally in Division III, for its next action Sat., April 14 in a NESCAC matchup. Bowdoin powered out to a 9-1 lead after playing 17:28 of the first half en route to a 9-3 halftime lead. The Cardinals got no closer in the second half as the Polar Bears scored the opening three goals and went on for an 18-7 triumph. Kaylin Berger '13 and Maddy Coulter '14 led Wesleyan with two goals and an assist each. Maggie Drowica '13 stopped 11 Bowdoin shots as the Polar Bears developed a 32-17 margin in total shots.
Ahead for the squad is another NESCAC battle, this time at home Tues., April 17 vs. Trinity, which leads the NESCAC with a 7-0 mark and is undefeated overall at 11-0. The Bantams are ranked third nationally in Division III.