Inaugurating the 2013 campaign with a NESCAC and Little Three matchup at Williams Sat., March 9, the Cardinals got off to a solid start, scoring the game's first four goals and holding a 4-1 lead after the first half. But the second half proved to be all Williams as the Ephs outscored the Cardinals, 9-2, over the final 30 minutes to come away with a 10-6 victory. Wesleyan was back in action Sun., March 10 with a trip to Hamilton. Down 8-2 in the second half, Wesleyan got within three, but fell, 9-6.
Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, left side of photo) opened the scoring at Williams 5:14 into the contest with a free-position shot, and went on to lead the squad with two goals and an assist on the afternoon. After Caty Daniels '15 made it 2-0 nine minutes later, Kaylin Berger '13 (#18, right side of photo) netted the first of her two goals with 12:25 left to spot Wesleyan a three-goal cushion. Maddy Coulter '14 was the fourth Cardinal to hit the twine in the first half, making it 4-0 with 6:24 left.
Wesleyan keeper Nina Labovich '16 made six saves in the first period and allowed just one goal, that with 1:13 left as she held the Ephs at bay nearly the entire first stanza. But Williams scored on nine of their 10 shots on goal in the second half, three of them on free-poisition chances, before the second period was 12 minutes old. The last free-position goal for Williams knotted the score at 5-5 with 18:56 to go. Williams took its first lead 5:05 later, and added four more goals for a 10-5 lead behind a 6-0 run before Berger ended the day's scoring with a free-poisiton goal with 2:06 on the clock. Ellman also had a free-position goal in the second half.
At Hamilton, ranked 16th nationally, Wesleyan saw the reverse of its game the previous day as the Continentals jumped ahead, 4-0. Wesleyan got no closer than three before Hamilton pushed out to the game's largest lead at 8-2 with just under 20 minutes to play. Wesleyan scored four of the final five goals, two in the last minute by Berger to give her a hat trick, along with goals from Catherine Taibi '13 and Lydia Kring '13. Taibi, Ellman and Kring all ended the contest with a goal and an assist, but the final score favored the homestanders by three goals. In net, Labovich collected 10 stops, eight of those in the second half as Wesleyan climbed back into it. Berger also had an amazing six caused turnovers in the contest as Wesleyan gathered 12 as a team. Hamilton committed 17 turnovers while the Cardinals had 16.
Next up for the squad in a non-conference road game against Eastern Conn. Wed., March 13.