Mackenzie McPike '15 (#14, photo insert upper left), Ellery Sarosi '17 (#22, main photo) and Rachel Aronow '17 all scored their first goals of the season during a four-goal Wesleyan eruption in the second period to lead Wesleyan past Plymouth St. Tues., Jan. 21. As newcomers, the goals for Sarosi and Aronow were the first of their career. Also scoring for the Cardinals was Abby Rutt '17, her fifth of the year, as three of the Cardinals tallies came from freshmen.
When McPike scored from in close on the right with a shot off the pad of the Panther netminder at 2:50 of the middle stanza, Wesleyan had the lead for good en route to a 5-0 all-time record against the Panthers. Sarosi added the second Cardinal marker just 2:24 later with Jordan Schildhaus '15 getting the assist for a 2-0 Wesleyan lead. Though the Panthers narrowed the gap to 2-1 just :46 later, the Cardinals closed out the scoring for the period with Rutt's marker on a giveaway in the Panther zone at 7:00 and Aronow's goal at 11:00 off a arebound of a Laura Wasnick '15 shot.
After covering the Cardinal net for the opening 47:39, making 13 saves and allowing one goal for the win, Corinne Rivard '16 gave way for the first appearance of the year by Miranda Gohh '17, who logged 12:21 in the cage and allowed just one power-play goal to go along with six saves. Shots in the game were just about even as Plymouth had a 21-20 edge.
Wesleyan has a pivotal NESCAC weekend ahead at Conn. College with the first matchup Fri., Jan. 24 to be webcast. The teams finish the two-game conference series Sat., Jan. 25, also in New London. Wesleyan is now 3-3-2 in its last eight outings after starting the year with a 1-4-2 mark.