Laura Corcoran '16, Named NESCAC POTW, Posts 42 Saves as Women's Ice Hockey Shuts Out Amherst for Second Time in History - Makes 27 More in Tie with Sacred Heart - Team Then Falls to HC
In just her fifth career start, Laura Corcoran '16 (#30, photo) came through with a gem as she stopped all 42 shots on goal by Amherst to secure just the second shutout ever by a Wesleyan women's goalie vs. the Lord Jeffs. The Cardinals were also unable to light the lamp from their 23 shots. Thus for the first time in history, the squads skated to a scoreless deadlock Sat., Nov. 23 in the 48th all-time meeting of the teams dating back to 1988 when Amherst was just a club team. The game concluded Wesleyan's Little Three play for the season as the Cardinals finished with a 1-2-1 mark. For her 1.46 goals-against average and .957 save percentage during the week, Corcoran was selected NESCAC Player of the Week.
Corcoran was best when the pressure was on as 20 of her 42 stops came over the final 25 minutes of play in just the third-ever tie between the teams. The last tie in the Wesleyan-Amherst series came at Amherst in 2002 with a 1-1 score. The only other time the Cardinals kept the Lord Jeffs off the board was Feb. 21, 1999 when Wesleyan emerged with an 8-0 home triumph.
Wesleyan ended Amherst's 20-game win streak vs. Wesleyan though Amherst was able to extend its unbeaten streak to 21 contests.
Wesleyan was back on the ice Tues., Nov. 26 in a non-conference home affair with Sacred Heart. Corcoran had another stellar game with 27 saves while allowing just one second-period goal. Despite a 52-28 margin in shots, including an overpowering 18-5 edge over the final 25 minutes, Wesleyan picked up just one goal of its own, that by Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14 late in the first period as she received a pass from Lottie Barton '16 from the right boards and one-timed a shot into the net from just off the crease. It was her second marker of the year. The 1-1 overtime tie was the second in the 24-game series with Sacred Heart.
Next for the squad was another non-conference outing as the Cardinals hosted Holy Cross Sun., Dec. 1. The Crusaders took a 3-1 decision as Corinne Rivard '16 minded the net and turned aside 33 shots in a solid effort. Wesleyan's goal came in the second period off the stick of Jessica Brenna '17, as she snuck the puck past the Holy Cross goalie just inside the left post along the ice for her team-leading third goal of the season. Lottie Barton '16 and Cara Jankowski '15 picked up the assists. That cut Holy Cross' lead at the time to 2-1 with one of the HC goals coming on the power play. When the Crusaders added an insurance goal midway through the third period, Wesleyan did pull Rivard for the final 1:07 of the game while also enjoying a power play for the final :55, but could not cut into the margin.
Wesleyan completes its first-semester action with another non-confernece home game vs. Salve Regina Tues., Dec. 3.