Maddy Coulter '14, Kaylin Berger '13 & Caty Daniels '15 All Post Hat Trick in 13-9 Win at ECSU Before Team Drops Tight Game to Bates
Wesleyan kept its all-time record vs. Eastern Conn. perfect at 11-0 since first meeting during the 1996 season behind a 13-9 victory Wed., March 13. With hat tricks from Maddy Coulter '14 (#3, photo bottom right), Caty Daniels '15 (#25, photo top right) and leading scorer Kaylin Berger '13 (#18, left side photo), the Cardinals pulled away in the second half for as much as a seven-goal lead (10-3, 22:09 left) as Berger completed her hat trick with a free-position shot conversion. But Eastern stormed back to get within three at 11-8 before Wesleyan netted two of the last three goals, one each by Coulter and Daniels, to seal the win.
Berger and Daniels each had an assist in the game as well for a four-point afternoon. Lydia Kring '13 added a goal and two assists to aid the cause.
Wesleyan enjoyed a 28-18 edge in total shots while picking up 16 ground balls to the Warriors' 11. In the Cardinal net, Nina Labovich '16 made five saves, all in the second half, as Wesleyan limited ECSU to just two shots on net over the opening 30 minutes while getting six of their own, four of them good for goals.
Wesleyan returned to NESCAC play in its next start, hosting Bates Sat., March 16. As has been the case eight of the last nine meetings, the game came down to the wire and Bates netted the winner with just :09.7 on the clock to snag an 8-7 victory. Eight of the last nine times Weseyan and Bates have met, the final margin was three goals or less, with five being one-goal games. The all-time series is now deadlocked, 7-7.
Neither team led by more than two goals in the contest, that coming with 10:12 to go in the first half after Wesleyan rattled off three straight goals to grab a 4-2 lead. Berger tied the game at 2-2 with her second goal of the game off an assist by Daniels before Daniels put the Cardinals ahead, 3-2, with a free-position shot. When Abby D'Angelo '14 raced upfield after collecting the draw for Wesleyan and scored on a high shot just 12 seconds later, Wesleyan had a two-goal margin. Wesleyan led, 1-0, on Berger's free-position goal before Bates moved ahead, 2-1.
Bates got the final three goals of the first half for a 5-4 edge. A pair of goals by Kring in the opening five minutes of the second half spotted Wesleyan a 6-5 lead. Bates tied the count at the 16:22 mark, but again the Cardinals moved ahead as Daniels got her second goal of the game with 15:58 left, catching a pass from Daphne Kroessler '15 on the right side and putting it home. The lead lasted nine minutes as Bates scored on on a free-position attempt with 6:51 on the clock. Wesleyan had a great scoring chance in the final minute, but the Bates keeper made her 123th stop of the contest and Bates moved downfield to set up its winner. Labovich racked up nine saves in the Cardinal goal.
With her two goals and an assist, Berger leads Wesleyan with 10 goals and two assists for 12 points, giving her 85 for her career as she looks to become the 13th Cardinal to reach the 100-point plateau.
Wesleyan goes to Skidmore Tues., March 19 for an out-of-conference affair next.