Cara Jankowski '15 (#9, left side photo) broke a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period, then added her second goal of the game less than three minutes later to pad Wesleyan's lead as the Cardinals came away from New England College with a hard-fought 4-3 victory Tues., Jan. 7. After six straight non-conference tilts, the Cardinals will resume NESCAC action Fri., Jan. 10, hosting NESCAC front-runner and #2-ranked nationally Middlebury in the first of back-to-back home game with the Panthers. The game Friday will be webcast.
At NEC, Jankowski turned a Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, right side photo) pass into the go-ahead tally at 3:28 of the third period, just 29 seconds after the Pilgrims had knotted the game at 2-2 with a power-play marker. Then at 6:14, Jankowski again lit the lamp with her fourth goal of the season, again assisted by Schildhaus, her fourth point of the game. Also with an assist on what proved to be the game-winner was Ellery Sarosi '17. When the Pilgims capitalized on another power-play chance with 6:23 left in the game, Wesleyan's lead was trimmed to one goal. But NEC had two penalties in the final six minutes, neutralizing its offensive thrust and helping Wesleyan lock up the win.
Wesleyan never trailed in the contest as a power-play goal from Jessica Brennan '17 spotted the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at 10:19 of the first period. It was her team-leading fifth marker on the season. NEC came back to tie at 17:07 but the Cardinals regained the lead at 6:23 of the middle period on a goal by Schildhaus, her third of the year, as she ended the game with a goal and three assists. The margin lasted until the 2:59 mark of the third stanza.
In goal, Laura Corcoran '16 registered 15 saves as Wesleyan held a 27-18 edge in shots on the afternoon.