Goal by Abby Rutt '17, Shutout by Corinne Rivard '16 Beats Colby, Puts Women's Hockey Within Reach of Home NESCAC Playoff Game
Despite being outshot, 36-19, Wesleyan got top-notch netminding from Corinne Rivard '16 (#1, photo insert upper right) and the game's only goal from Abby Rutt '17 (#16, main photo) to skate away with a 1-0 conquering of Colby in the rematch Sat., Feb. 15. Through seven NESCAC series this season, the Cardinals have taken at least a tie from every rival with just Trinity left oin the regular-season schedule. It sets up an incredible opportunity for the Cardinals. With Wesleyan, Trinity and Bowdoin all tied for fourth place in the NESCAC standings, a sweep of the final series, beginning with a home game Fri., Feb. 21 and finishing with a road game Sat., Feb. 22, would likely give Wesleyan the fourth seed and a home first-round playoff game for the first time in NESCAC tournament history. Even a 1-0-1 record against Trinity might very well secure a home game in the NESCAC tournament which starts Sat., March 1. Both games vs. Trinity will be webcast. Bowdoin has a pair of games with Amherst to end its regular season. Amherst is battling Williams for the second seed.
Against Colby, the Cardinals scored at 1:30 of the second period as Rutt produced her sixth goal of the campaign, bouncing a shot from the right side at a sharp angle off the body of the Mule keeper and into the net off a feed from Jess Brennan '17. With 19 points on the season, Brennan is the highest scoring Cardinal in nine years, two points shy of Jessical Fischer who posted 21 points during the 2004-05 season.
Rivard did the rest by making 10 stops in the first period, 15 in the second and 11 in the third for a 36-save afternoon. The shutout was the fourth of the year for Wesleyan, the highest number of goose eggs by the team in a season since the 2003-04 squad came up with four shutouts.