Andrew Yin '15 (#6, photo) went 6-for-9, including a double, with three runs scored to spark the Cardinal offense during a pair of tight games on day two of the team's western swing Mon., March 10. Wesleyan dropped the first game against Wheaton (IL), 6-4, despite outhitting its opponent by a 14-5 margin. In the second game, Wesleyan broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 5th with a pair of runs and went on for a 6-5 victory over Bethany Lutheran. The trip continues on Tues., March 11 with a rematch vs. Wheaton (IL).
Jenna Klaes '14 (#14, photo) is one of 22 New England Division III women's basketball players selected to participate in the annual New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) senior all-star classic, this year to be held at Smith College Sat., March 29 at 1 p.m. Klaes guided the Cardinals from her point-guard spot to a 12-12 overall record while averaging 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 steals. Hampered by injuries during her career, Klaes played in just two games her junior year after coming off the bench to play in all 23 games as a freshman, then starting all 23 games her sophomore season while averaging 7.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.
Ellis Schaefer '17 (#2, photo) debuted in the DH spot and went 2-for-3 with three RBI to spark Wesleyan to a 12-9 opening-day victory over Simpson in Tucson, Ariz. Sun., March 9. The squad has a pair of contests Mon., March 10, beginnig with Wheaton (IL) and finishing with Bethany Lutheran. Over the first two innings, the Cardinals combined five hits with four Simpson errors to push across eight runs, four in each inning. Schaefer had an RBI single in the 1st and a sacrifice fly in the 2nd. A two-run triple by Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 in the 2nd was another key hit.
Dominating Hamilton, 9-0, to start the spring portion of the 2013-14 season, the Cardinals did not lose a set in sweeping the Continentals. In singles, the Cardinals captured 72 games during the six matches while surrendering a mere 19 on their way to the NESCAC triumph. At #1, Jake Roberts '17 (photo) took a 6-1, 6-2 decision, as did Michael Liu '17 at #2 and Stephen Monk '15 at #4. Sam Rudovsky '16 was a 6-4, 6-3 victor at #3 while Michael King '16 collared a 6-1, 6-1 match. Most decisive on the day was Zacho Brint '16 at #6 behind a 6-1, 6-0 win.
With Claire DuBrin '15 (photo) racking up an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory at #1 singles and joining Anna Howard '15 for an 8-4 second-doubles win, Wesleyan got its spring season off to a flying start with a resounding 9-0 NESCAC win over Hamilton Sat., March 8. Howard was an equally impressive 6-1, 6-0 victor at #4 singles, giving her two wins on the day. Also posting a single and doubles win were Olivia Koh '17 and Grace Smith '14. Smith had the only test in singles, taking a 4-6, 6-4, (11-9) win at #2 while Koh rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at #3. The pair teamed for an 8-1 win at first doubles.
Aidan Daniell '14 (#9, main photo) scored three first-half goals as homestanding Wesleyan, ranked ninth nationally in Division III, built a 6-1 lead in the second period over Bates Sat., March 8, and went on to post a 10-6 triumph. The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Cardinals against the Bobcats. Wesleyan holds a 21-12 series lead, but Bates has won seven of the most recent 13 meetings. Lyle Mitchell '16 opened the scoring for Wesleyan just 1:48 into the game, and Daniell added a pair just 1:10 apart to make it a 3-0 game after only 5:01. While Bates got the initial goal of the second quarter just :25 in, Wesleyan got the next three in a span of 4:09 for the game's largest lead at 6-1. Daniell started the run by completing his hat trick, with Graham Macnab '14 and Ian Vasquez '14 also connecting.
Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo) was named second-team all-NESCAC for the second year in a row after a vote of the NESCAC coaches following the 2013-14 season. It was the third time Schildhaus has gain NESCAC laurels as she was chosen NESCAC Rookie of the Year following the 2011-12 campaign. Ranking second on the team in scoring this season with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points, Schildhaus upped her career totals to 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points. Two of her goals in 2013-14 were power-play markers and she twice scored game-tying goals for the Cardinals during the team's solid 8-11-6 season.
Leah Sherman '15 (#21, photo) scored four times, while Caitlin Daniels '15 had a pair of goals and two assists to lead Wesleyan to a 19-4 win over Eastern Connecticut Wed., March 5. It was the 12th straight win for the Cardinals over the Warriors without a loss. Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead just :29 into the game on Sherman’s first goal. The Warriors evened it 13 seconds later for their only goal of the half. The Cardinals scored nine more times in the first half to lead 10-1 at intermission. Sherman ended up with three goals in the period, including a short-handed one with 2:06 left. Daniels and Liana Mathias '17 had two goals each in the half. Wesleyan outshot Eastern 23-2 in the period.
Hosting an NCAA qualifying tournament for the third time in the last nine years, Wesleyan was the site of the Northeast Regional Championships from which the top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes goes on to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 14-15. There were 18 colleges in attendance during the tournament Sat.-Sun., March 1-2. Wesleyan had nine entrants in the regional, a very young group consisting of four freshmen, four sophomores and a junior. Eight of the nine Cardinals captured at least one match. Among the Cardinal grapplers, 165-pounder Taran Carr '16 (photo insert upper left), 141-pounder Matt Pelton '17 and 157-pounder Ed Pierce '17 all went 2-2 and reached the consolation semifinals. One more victory for each would have earned them all-regional honors.
Down two men due to a pair of penalties with :35 left in overtime, Wesleyan forced a Hamilton turnover in the Cardinals' defensive end and turned it into a fast break, resulting in Quentin DellaFera's '15 (#12, photo) third goal of the game with just :04 remaining to make an instant 12-11 winner of the Cardinals in their season opener at Hamilton Sat., March 1. Wesleyan had enjoyed as much as a five-goal cushion in the contest before surrendering the lead late in the game. As a result, Wesleyan needed a goal by Nate Ryan '15 with :58 left in the fourth period to force the contest into overtime.