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.
Hamilton broke a 7-7 tie with 5:50 left and then hung on to post an 8-7 victory over Wesleyan Sat., March 1 in the opening game of the season for both squads. The Continentals hit the net behind Wesleyan goalie Nina Labovich '16 from close range about chest high and proved to be the winner despite several possessions by Wesleyan in the final moments. Wesleyan had the ball for a final attempt with less than 30 second remaining after a Continental turnover and the Cardinals got the ball to the front of the Hamilton net but a final shot by Meredith Smith '17 was blocked and the teams battled for the loose ball as the final horn sounded. Down 7-4 with 16:38 left, Wesleyan rallied for three straight goals to tie the game, 7-7, with 12:06 on the clock. A goal by Abby D'Angelo '14 off a pass from Isabelle King '16, the third goal of the game by Maddy Coulter '14 (#3, photo), and a free-position conversion with a low bouncer to the left by Martha Harding '16, evened the count. The hat trick was the third for Coulter over her four-season career.
Angela Slevin '15 (main photo) established a pair of school record on her way to three top-three finishes, all good for all-NESCAC laurels, during the annual NESCAC Championships, this year hosted by Williams Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16. Her 4:32.15 "B" cut in the 400 individual medley gave her third place while her 17:12.09 "B" cut in the 1650 free was good enough for second place. Both times are school standards. She also got second place in the 500 free with a "B" cut clocking of 4:59.87. She also was part of the top finishing relay squad for the Cardinals as the 400 medley relay took fifth. Wesleyan had four additional top-eight individual performances, three of them from Roxy Capron '14 (photo insert upper left). Capron nailed down fifth in the 50 breast, seventh in the 100 breast and eighth in the 200 breast.
The Cardinals had five placewinning performances during the New England Division III women's indoor track championships hosted by Springfield Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22. As a result, Wesleyan accumulated 24 teams points, good enough for 10th place among 28 scoring teams. Williams won the event in a landslide with 150 points. NESCAC dominated the meet as seven of the top 10 schools were from the NESCAC. Sierra Livious '14 (photo) picked up fourth-place points in both the shot put and weight throw. Her put was just two inches shy of the school record she set earlier in the season as she came up with a 42-9 1/2 effort. Her weight throw was a solid 51-5 3/4.
Ellery Sarosi '17 (#22, main photo) had a goal and two assists before the game was 15 minutes old as the Cardinals moved out to an early 3-0 lead in their showdown at Trinity Sat., Feb. 22, knowing the winner of the game would be the #4 seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. But the Bantams rallied for four straight goals to move ahead with less than five minutes left in the second period. Wesleyan then got the only goal of the third period, coming from Lilah Fones '15 (#17, photo insert upper left) at the 5:08 mark to even the count at 4-4. It was her second tally of the contest. Then for the second time in two days, the teams went into overtime and ended in a deadlock, this time, 4-4. Because Bowdoin defeated Amherst in its final regular-season game, 1-0, the Polar Bears received the fourth and final home game for the NESCAC playoffs by virtue of their 1-0-1 record against both Wesleyan and Trinity this season. Wesleyan becomes the #5 seed and Trinity the #6 seed.