Cardinals Fall to #4-Ranked Bowdoin, 4-1, in Opener, Then Drop First Home Game in OT to Wellesley
Facing the fourth ranked team in Division III, according to the preseason NFHCA national poll, Wesleyan stayed with the Polar Bears through the opening 25 minutes of play as Blair Ingraham '13 (#18, main photo) cut a 2-0 Bowdoin lead in half at the six-minute mark. But Bowdoin tacked on another tally before the end of the first half for a 3-1 lead after 35 minutes of action, and knocked home the lone goal of the second half midway through the period for a 4-1 final score.
Making her first career start, Sara Grundy '16 (#65, photo insert upper left) picked up 12 saves in net as Bowdoin generated a substantial 23-10 edge in shots and had 18 penalty corners to six by the Cardinals.
Wesleyan returned to action for its home opener Wed., Sept. 11, taking on Wellesley in a non-conference affair. Wellesley got the golden goal 5:39 in overtime to secure a 1-0 win. It was the 11th time in 24 all-time meetings between the two colleges that it took overtime to decide the outcome, the last coming in 2007 when Wesleyan escaped with a 2-1 triumph in Middletown.
The game was relatively even statistically as the Cardinals held a slim 10-9 edge in total shots while Wesleyan also had the advantage in penalty corner, 12-9. Many of the corners came in bunches as Wesleyan had four in a row during a span of 2:30 in the first half. In the second half, Wellesley generated three corners in a brief period of 1:30. Both goalies came up big throughout the contest with some important stops as Grundy finished with six saves and the Blue keeper logged five.
Wellesley now leads the overall series, 14-9-1, but Wesleyan has captured five of the last nine outings.
Ahead for Wesleyan is another home contest against a non-conference NEWMAC squad, Babson, Fri., Sept. 13.