Seeded fourth in the NESCAC Championship hosted by Hamilton, the Cardinals began competition Sat., Feb. 1 against #5 Middlebury, a squad Wesleyan has beaten just three times in 12 meetings. Last year, the Panthers downed Wesleyan twice, 8-1 and 7-2. This time, the improved Cardinals took Middlebury to the limit before falling by a 5-4 score. Wesleyan's four winners were #2 Guy Davidson '16 (photo), who took a 3-1 triumph; #4 Daniel Sneed '15, a 3-2 victor; #7 Chris Hart '17 and #9 Alex Kamisher '17, both of whom captured 3-1 wins. Two of Wesleyan's five setbacks in the match went five games.
The loss to Middlebury put Wesleyan in a four-team bracket with fifth place in the tournament available for the squad that wins twice. Wesleyan took its first step toward that goal with a 7-2 victory over eighth-seeded Colby. Davidson, Sneed, Hart and Kamisher all won their matches vs, the Mules, joined by #5 Raheem Logan '16, #6 Ethan Moritz '14 and #8 Zander Nassikas '14. Wesleyan then concluded the competiion against #6 Bowdoin, a team the Cardinals knocked off, 5-4, in Maine Jan. 14. The rematch produced the same results as Wesleyan secured a 5-4 victory. Completing 3-0 weekends were Davidson, Hart and Kamisher. Dabidson was a 3-2 winner while Hart and Kamisher both won in sweeps. Mike DeLalio '15 captured an exciting 3-2 win at #3 as did Nassikas at #8. Both were needed for the team win and fifth place overall, the highest ever finish by the Cardinals in the NESCAC tournament.
The next action for the team will be the Division III Individual Championships hosted by Bowdoin Fri.-Sun., Feb. 7-9.