Taking on Tufts in a showdown for the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan fell short of the Jumbos by a 17-11 count Sat., April 19. As a result, Tufts will be the #1 seed for the playoffs which begin Sat., April 26. Wesleyan can lock up the #2 slot with a home victory against Conn. College Wed., April 23 in the regular-season finale. A loss could still leave Wesleyan as the second seed. Regardless, Wesleyan will be at home for the first round of the NESCAC tournament.
At Tufts, the score stood 6-5 for the host in the middle of the second period but a 6-1 Jumbo run to the 11:11 mark of the third quarter spotted Tufts a 12-6 margin and the Cardinals got no closer than four (the last at 13-9 at the end of the third period) before the Jumbos logged the six-goal win. Wesleyan got hat tricks from both Mike Giambanco '14 (#21, main photo) and Lyle Mitchell '16 (#19 photo insert upper left) while Giambanco added an assist for a four-point game. Long-pole middle Kevin Campbell '15 (#1, photo insert lower right) had a strong all-around game with two goals, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Elliot Albert '14 led the Cardinals with five caused turnovers as Wesleyan caused 14 of Tufts' 24 miscues. Tufts had a decided edge in the faceoff department with 21 wins in 32 attempts.
With Tufts firing 52 shots at the Cardinal net, 29 of them on goal, Cardinal keeper Justin Schick '15 came up with 12 saves. Wesleyan had 45 shots, 28 on the cage.
(photos courtesy of Tony Vazquez P'14)