Returning nine of the 11 players who competed in nine or more matches for the Cardinals during a 14-14 season in 2011-12, one that saw Wesleyan place eighth in the NESCAC and 18th nationally, Wesleyan has cause to expect equal or better results heading into the 2012-13 campaign. Head coach Shona Kerr has set her sites on staying in the top-20, as the Cardinals are ranked 18th in the preseason national poll, and moving up a notch or two in the NESCAC standings. Currently, Wesleyan is ranked sixth among the 11 NESCAC teams, ahead of Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Conn College and Tufts.
During the first semester, the Cardinals will have to deal with the absence of two-year #1 player Mary Foster '14, who is studying abroad. She is a two-time all-NESCAC selection who finished the year ranked 93rd nationally and 21st among NESCAC players. Nine of the players ahead of her were from Trinity. Team co-captains Grace Zimmerman '13 (main photo), who went 15-13 a year ago playing mainly #4 or #5, and Danielle Craig '13 (photo upper left), who was 16-12 while playing more than half her matches at #6, will supply the senior leadership. The only other senior on the 15-player roster is Rosa Hayes '13, who went 5-4 a year ago.
Also back as regulars are #2 Lauren Nelson '15, #3 Annie Maxwell '15, Nell Schwed '14 (#6-#7), Kar-Anne Tan '14 (team-best 16-8 record mainly at #8) and Hannah Jenkins '15. Two freshmen jojn the ranks and could factor into the lineup in the early going.
Wesleyan opens the campaign in Boston facing Brown (#9), Middlebury (#11), Wellesley (#22) and Boston College (#31) during the Boston Round Robin Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18.