Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, right side photo) scored three goals and added an assist while Kaylin Berger '13 (#18, left side photo) posted two goals along with two assists to pace the Cardinals to a 17-14 victory over Western Connectcut Tues., April 9. Berger, with 21 goals and five assists for 26 points on the year to lead the squad, and Ellman, with 17 goals and three assists for 20 points to rank second, both stood with 99 career points after the game in their quest to join 12 other Cardinals who have achieved the 100 career-point milestone. Both took advantage of the next opportunity to pick up points when the Cardinals hosted Bowdoin, ranked ninth nationally, Sat., April 13. Each had two points, Ellman with two goals and Berger with a goal and an assist, to become the 13th and 14th Cardinals to surpass 100 points, now with 101 apiece. Bowdoin won the game, 9-4.
Wesleyan jumped out to an 8-1 lead at Western Conn. before the game was 24 minutes old on its way to a 10-3 halftime lead. Ellman, Maddy Coulter '14 and Hannah Plappert '16 all had two goals apiece over the opening 30 minutes. Coulter finished with a hat trick while PLappert had two goals and an assist on the afternoon. The Colonials scored the initial four goals of the second half to get as close as three, 10-7, but the Cardinals netted four of the next five goals to stretch the margin to six, 14-8, with 10:57 remaining. The difference stayed at five goals or more until the final minute when Western Conn. pumped in three goals in short order for the 17-14 final. Two other Cardinals enjoyed three-point games as Audrey Le '15 came through with two goals and an assist while Isabelle King '16 notched a goal and two assists.
Wesleyan has now defeated WCSU each of the four times the teams have met since first doing battle in 2000. This is the thrd straight year the Cardinals and Colonials have faced each other in women's lacrosse.
Against Bowdoin, Berger's great pass to Catherine Taibi '13 was put home to make it a 1-1 game at 26:49 of the first half, but the Polar Bears then went on a five-goal run, three in the first half and the opening two goals of the second period, to assume a 6-1 lead with 28:09 to play. Ellman scored the next two goals to make it a 6-3 score with 17:19 left but Bowdoin countered the spurt with two goals of its own for an 8-3 lead. Berger's free-position goal at 12:53 made it 8-4. The last goal came in the final 10 seconds as the Polar Bears took advantage of a late Wesleyan yellow card to score with a one-player advantage. Labovich had a solid game with 10 saves as shots favored Bowdoin by a narrow margin, 22-19. Wesleyan had a 9-6 edge in draws.
Wesleyan headed to undefeated Trinity, ranked first nationally, Tues., April 16 for its next action. The Bantams used accurate shooting during the first half to convert nine of 13 shots into a 9-0 halftime lead. Wesleyan outscored its host, 5-4, in the second period, but the final score favored Trinity, 13-5. Berger netted a pair while Lydia Kring '13 had a goal and an assist. Labovich stopped six Bantam attempts.
Most recently for the squad was another road trip for a NESCAC matchup as Tufts will be the destination Sat., April 20. Tufts jumped out to a 7-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest and the Cardinals never caught up as Tufts, ranked 19th nationally, pulled way for a 17-5 victory. Wesleyan had five individual goa scorers with both Ellman and Berger among them.
Wesleyan closes out the season at home Wed., April 24 against Conn. College.