Ben Bratt '15 (#4, left side of photo) capped his elevation in the area of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) honors by securing third-team All-America laurels following the 2014 season while also earning first-team all-New England accolades. These honors are added to his first-team all-NESCAC spot, which he repeated from 2013. Bratt's first post-season honor came in 2012 when he found a position on the all-NESCAC second team. Last year, along with his all-NESCAC first-team selection, he gained recognition on the NSCAA's all-New England second team. Bratt is the fifth Cardinal in the last nine seasons to become an All-American, joining Rory O'Neill '13 (second team in 2011 and third team in 2012), Adam Purdy '13 (third team in 2009), Woody Redpath '10 (second team in 2009) and Jared Ashe '07 (second team in 2006). In addition, Bratt picked up two academic honors from the NCSAA as he was a first-team College Division Scholar all-East Region choice and a second-team Division III Scholar All-American.
The Cardinals came away with a pair of runner-up cups from the Division III Individual Championships hosted by Wesleyan Fri.-Sun., Dec. 5-7 as Guy Davidson '16 (main photo) placed second in the A Division while Raheem Logan '16 (photo insert upper left) captured second place in the A Division consolation bracket. Davidson posted a 3-1 mark during the affair while Logan went 2-2. Coincidentally, Davidson, seeded second, lost in the championship match to the same Williams player, who was seeded first, as Logan fell to in the first round. Both Davidson and Logan lost by a 3-1 score.
Remaining undefeated on the season (12-0) without even dropping a game (36-0) thus far, Laila Samy '18 (photo) secured the title in the A Division of the Division III Individual Championships hosted by Wesleyan Fri.-Sun., Dec. 5-7. While she limited her rivals to no more than five points in nine of the 12 games she played over the weekend, twice she was pressed to the edge, winning a second-round game, 12-10, and a game in the finals went to 11-9. In total the Cardinals had six players involved in the tournament with Lauren Nelson '15 joining Samy in the A bracket as she went 1-2. Annie Maxwell '15 also went 1-2 in the B Division while Claire Miller '15, Tatum Leclair '18 and Annie Ferreira '17 all went 0-2. Nine teams were represented in the tournamwnt field with six NESCAC colleges (Amherst, Bates, Conn. College, Hamilton and Williams along with Wesleyan) complememted by Mount Holyoke, MIT and Wellesley.
Winning two of the first three meetings vs. Salve Regina before falling into a four-game slide against the Seahawks, the Cardinals put the pieces together with effective offense and sound defense, anchored by keeper Laura Corcoran '16 (#30, main photo), to end first-semester action with a 4-1 road win Sat., Dec. 6. Top scorer Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo insert upper right) netted her fifth goal of the season and dished out her fifth assist of the campaign, both in the third period to pad the Cardinals lead. Wesleyan's next contest will be against another ECAC East team, Plymouth St., Sat., Jan. 3 at home. The Cardinals opened scoring on the evening at 5:14 of the first period when Mackenzie McPike '15 put the finishing touches on her third goal of the year with a tip of a shot by Cici Frattasio '18, who got her first career point with the assist. Also with an assist on the play was Abby Rutt '17. Wesleyan upped its lead to 2-0 on a strong individual effort by Laura Mead '16, who took possession of the puck through forechecking in the Salve defensive zone and put home her first goal of the season at 11:27 of the middle frame.
Led by the first-place finish of Frank Crippen '17 (photo) at 133 pounds, Wesleyan had nine of its 22 entries come away with a top-six finish, giving the Cardinals third place among 10 teams at the annual RT Invitational Sat., Dec. 6. Crippen went 3-0 in a field of nine entrants to claim his top prize, posting a first-period fall, a 7-2 decision and a thrilling 6-5 tie-breaker-two triumph in the championship match. For the third consecutive invitational, Isaiah Bellamy '18 went 3-1 to reach the finals at 197 pounds as he claimed second place once again. He had to surrender the title due to an third-period injury. The rest of the Cardinal place-winners included fourth-place postings by Ryan Sblendorio '15 at 174 pounds and Simon Levin '16 at 184 pounds. Four Cardinals secured fifth place - Matt Pelton '17 at 141, Ed Pierce '17 at 149 pounds, Taran Carr '16 at 165 pounds, and Dominic Pirraglia '18 at 184 pounds. The final placing came from heavyweight John San Filippo '16, who grabbed sixth place.
After having their monumental 30-meet win streak vs. Trinity snapped by a single point during the 2012-13 season, then falling to the Bantams by 35 points during the first meeting of the squads in 2013-14, Wesleyan turned it around during a second-semester affair, conquering Trinity by 15 points. In the most recent installment at Trinity Fri., Dec. 5, Wesleyan flexed its swimming muscles for the second-highest margin of victory between the teams in 16 years with a 186-115 decision. Powerhouse Conn. College also attended the meet and defeated Wesleyan by a 232.5-76.5 count. The Cardinals are back in the water Sat., Jan. 3 with a home meet vs. Hamilton. The meet will be webcast. Both Aidan Winn '18 (main photo) and Spencer Tang '18 (photo insert lower left) came away as double-winners in the pool vs. Trinity as Winn captured the 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley while Tang took both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Wesleyan had the only divers in the meet but it didn't keep Brandon Pearson '18 from excelling for his victories, including a stellar 262.72 score in the three-meter dive.
After taking two narrow five-point victories against Trinity during the 2013-14 season to improve their string of consecutive wins vs. the Bantams to 12, the Cardinals powered for a 177-128 win at Trinty Fri., Dec. 5 to complete first-semester competition. Also in attendance at the affair was NESCAC powerhouse Conn. College, which handed Wesleyan a 212-95 setback. Wesleyan's next action comes up Sat., Jan. 3 when Hamilton comes to town. The meet will be webcast. Angela Slevin '15 (main photo) led Wesleyan to its 13th straight triumph over Trinity by logging a faster time than the Bantams in three events - the 500 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and the 400 individual medley during the 17-event meet. Wesleyan had nine efforts that bettered the Bantams. Conn. College had performances that outraced Wesleyan in all 15 swimming events. Wesleyan had the only divers in the meet as Natasha Cucullo '15 won the one-meter dive and Emily Kessler '18 captured the three-meter board. Aiding the Cardinals' cause vs. Trinity was Luisa Chan '18 (photo insert upper left), who beat the Bantams in both the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Leading by a slim 13-11 count midway through the first half, the Cardinals caught fire over the next four minutes, triggered by three pointers from Jack Mackey '16 (#24, in background of main photo) and Harry Raffery '17 (#22, photo insert upper left) along with three layups from Joseph Kuo '17 (#1, main photo). As a result, Wesleyan extended its lead to 30-13 with 6:52 left in the first period behind the 17-2 run and the lead never fell below nine points the rest of the night at Westfield St. Thurs., Dec. 4. The final score read 83-63, nearly equaling the largest margin of the game which had been 22 in the second half. Wesleyan now holds a 7-1 record against the Owls. Wesleyan had five players scoring in double-digits with its usual balance. Rafferty led the attack with 17 points while going 4-for-5 from long range. Both Kuo and Rashid Epps '16 added 16 points while Mackey and BJ Davis '16 each chipped in with 12.
Closing out the first half on a 15-3 run, the Cardinals erased all trace of a 27-21 deficit with 5:50 remaining in the period on their way to a 36-30 halftime lead. When Joseph Kuo '17, Joe Edmonds '16 and Harry Rafferty '17 opened the second-half scoring with baskets, the Cardinals advanced their lead at MCLA to 12. Though MCLA got as close as five (51-46) with 11 minutes to play, Wesleyan blew the game open by outscoring its host 25-9 down the stretch to wrap up a 76-55 triumph Mon., Dec. 1. Ahead for the squad is a trip to Westfield St. Thurs., Dec. 4 for its final game of the first semester locally. The game will have LiveStats. Jack Mackey '16 (#24, left side photo) deposited four of his six three-point attempts into the hole as he and Rashid Epps '16 (#00, right side photo), who dominated the inside game by going 6-for-7 from the field, each netted 14 points to lead the Wesleyan offense.
Tied 10-10 with 14:13 left in the first half, the Cardinals got a free throw from Miller Hartsoe '15 (#12, left side photo), followed by a layup from Kaylie Williams '16 (#20, right side photo) for a 13-10 lead over St. Joseph (CT) with 13:29 remaining, igniting a 13-2 run over a span of 6:57 for a 23-12 advantage. Wesleyan held at least a nine-point lead from that juncture on en route to a 66-51 victory Mon., Dec. 1, to improve its all-time mark against the Blue Jays to 13-1. Williams led the Cardinals in scoring with 12 points, coming off the bench to play 20 minutes in her first game of the season after suffering an injury during the soccer season. She also collared eight rebounds as Wesleyan doubled-up on USJ with a 58-29 edge. Jess Cherenza '15 was tops on the glass with 13 rebounds.