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  • March 01, 2015 - Mens Basketball - NESCAC CHAMPS - Men's Basketball Downs Amherst, 74-70 in OT for First NESCAC Crown - Playing Skidmore in NCAAs at Johns Hopkins

    Jack Mackey '16 hit his sixth three-pointer of the game with 2:14 left in overtime, the first points of the extra period, then fed Joseph Kuo '17 for a pair of dunks before the Cardinals hits four of six free throws in the final :17 to defeat Amherst, 74-70, and win their first-ever NESCAC championship Sun., March 1 at Trinity. Wesleyan led most of the game but had to fend off several Lord Jeff rallies to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Divison III Championship. The field of 62 teams was announced early Mon., March 2 afternoon. Wesleyan will take on Liberty League champ Skidmore (19-7) in a first-round game to be played at Johns Hopkins Fri., March 6. Hopkins takes on Keene St. in the other first-round matchup in Baltimore. Winners meet on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16. Mackey broke the Wesleyan single-season record for three pointers by upping his figure to 75, bettering the mark of 73 set by Chris Bray set in 2000-01. The team continues to add to its seasonal record, now with 222 on the year, eclipsing the 2000-01 Cardinals who gathered 195 during their 26-game campaign. The 2014-15 Cardinals are now 19-8 on the year, the second greatest number of wins in a season, just behind the 20-6 record of the 2011-12 squad.

  • March 01, 2015 - Wrestling - Wrestling has 3 Placewinners at Northeast Regional, led by NCAA Qualifier Ryan Sblendorio '15 at 174 Pounds

    Competing at the Northeast Regional tournament, hosted by Roger Williams Sat.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 1, Wesleyan had three of its nine participants place among the top six in their respective weight class, led by Ryan Sblendorio '15 (photo) at 174 pounds as he went 4-1 to finish third. As a result, he earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Champsionships to be held in Hershey, Pa. Fri.-Sat., Match 13-14. The top three finishers in each weight class get an invitation to Nationals. Sblendorio, who was seeded fifth, opened his action with a pin against a Southern Maine rival. He then upset the fourth seed from Norwich, 13-11, with a takedown during sudden-victory overtime. That put him in a semifinal against the top seed from RWU, who went on to win the title. Sblendorio gave a solid accounting of himself, falling by a tight 5-3 count. In order to gain a spot in the NCAAs, Sblendorio had to win his next two matches. He made short work of the first bount with a first-period pin over the #7 seed from WPI. He then faced the #2 seed from Oneonta, and overpowered him with a 10-3 win, wrapping up a spot at Nationals.

  • March 01, 2015 - Womens Squash - Laila Samy '18 Ends Regular Season Unbeaten, Claims Unofficial Individual Little 3 Title, 1st-Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Rookie of the Year & All-American

    Claiming 3-0 sweeps of both her Amherst and Williams rivals during the annual Little Three gathering, this year in Middletown Sun., Feb. 1, Laila Samy '18 extended her collegiate record at #1 to 18-0 without dropping a game as she secured an unofficial Little Three individual crown. Wesleyan, as a team, did not fare as well as the Cardinals lost to both Amherst and Williams by a 7-2 count. Up next for the team was the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Williams Fri.-Sun., Feb. 6-8. Wesleyan was the #9 seed and played a first-round match Friday against the #8 seed, Colby, falling 5-4. Wesleyan then blasted both Tufts, 8-1, and Conn. College, 9-0, Sat., Feb. 7 to finish on its seed with a 2-1 mark. Joining Samy with a victory against Amherst was #2 Lauren Nelson '15, who took an exciting 3-1 win after losing the first game. Two of her game victories were by a 13-11 and 11-9 score. Against Williams, #5 Claire Miller '15 won the first game, 11-8, before her opponent had to default. Miller had fallen to her Amherst foe by a tight 3-2 score, as did #3 Ashey Suan '18. Both suffered an 11-9 loss in game five, indicative of the tightness of the match. Three other Cardinal defeats vs. the Lord Jeffs came by 3-1 results.

  • February 28, 2015 - Mens Basketball - Men's Hoops to Take on Amherst for NESCAC Title after Downing Top-Seeded Trinity in Semifinal, 55-52

    Building a 12-point led in the second half, then hanging on to secure a 55-52 victory over top-seeded and host Trinity in a NESCAC tournament semifinal Sat., Feb. 28, the Cardinals will play Little Three nemisis and three-time defending NESCAC Champion Amherst in the title game at Trinity Sun., March 1 at noon. The game will have both a webcast and LiveStats. Amherst rolled past Bowdoin in its semifinal, 76-56. Wesleyan is the first sixth seed to reach the NESCAC title game in men's hoops as no seed lower than four has advanced this far. With Amherst coming in as the fifth seed, there will be an unprecedented champion in 2015. Amherst, as the #4 seed, won both the 2001 and 2002 titles. Over the last six years, the title game as been #1 vs. #2 each time. Only once in the previous 14 tournaments, that in 2008, has the host failed to play for the championship, giving the Cardinals a spot with Bowdoin as the only team to knock off a top seed before the championship game.

  • February 28, 2015 - Womens Lacrosse - Martha Harding '16 Has a Three-Point Game but Cardinals Succumb to Host Hamilton on Opening Day, 8-6

    Having a hand in three of the Cardinals' five first-half goals on their way to a 5-4 lead at intermission in the season opener at Hamilton Sat., Feb. 28, Martha Harding '16 (#4, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) had the second-highest scoring game of her career but it wasn't enough to push Wesleyan over the top in an 8-6 setback. The Cardinals were held to a lone goal in the second period as Hamilton rattled off four in a row in a span of 20:03 to grab an 8-5 lead. Wesleyan got the game's final tally at 2:12, that from Morgan Moubayed '17 with the assist to Liana Mathias '17, but that was as close as Wesleyan would get down the stretch.

  • February 28, 2015 - Mens Lacrosse - Matt Prezioso '15 Makes Instant Winner of Men's Lax in Season Opener vs. Hamilton, 9-8

    Scoring his second goal of the game with just :04 left in overtime, Matt Prezioso '15 (#2, main photo) made an instant winner of homestanding Wesleyan during a 9-8 NESCAC game Sat., Feb. 28 against Hamilton in the season opener for both teams. It was the third one-goal game between the two teams in five all-time meetings, with all five encounters going Wesleyan's way, including a 12-11 overtime decision in Clinton, N.Y. a year ago. The battle was nip-and-tuck throughout as neither team led by more than two goals. Wesleyan forged a 4-2 edge in the second quarter for its largest margin while Hamilton scored the last goal of the third period along with the opening goal of the fourth quarter for its greatest lead at 8-6 with 12:18 remaining. But a Cardinal tally off the stick of Niall Devaney '16 with a long bouncer at the 11:31 mark, followed by Harry Stanton's '18 (#16, photo insert lower right) second marker of the game with 3:36 on the clock knotted the count at 8-8. Stanton made a run from low on the left and slung a shot that bounced into the net past the Hamilton goalie inside the far post.

  • February 26, 2015 - General - Three Cardinals Honored as All-NESCAC in Squash with Laila Samy '18 Also Named Women's Rookie of the Year

  • February 22, 2015 - Mens Swimming and Diving - Six Wesleyan Records are Broken, 3 National "B" Cuts Met as Men's Swim & Dive Takes 8th in NESCAC Meet - Diver Brandon Pearson '18 Qualifies for NCAAs

    In total, six Wesleyan swim records were established during the annual NESCAC Championships, this year hosted by Middlebury Fri.-Sun., Feb. 20-22. Bill Hepner '16 (photo upper right) broke the 50 breaststroke mark with a time of :26.16 while placing eighth in the event. He also had a 14th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Ali Pourmaleki '18 (photo lower left) had a national "B" cut time trial of 1:51.84 in the 200 butterfly for a Wesleyan standard, then went on to place 11th in the event as well as 13th in the 100 butterfly. The third and fourth individual records both went to Spencer Tang '18 (photo lower right) in the 100 backstroke with a 17th-place time of :52.42 and the 200 backstroke with an 18th-place time of 1:54.70. The remaining two records came in relay events as Tang, Jacques Bazile '16, Erik Yan '15 and Wesley Ho '15 combined for a 1:34.04 in the 200 medley relay while Tang, Hepner, Yan and Ho joined forces for a 3:30.26 time in the 400 medley relay.

  • February 21, 2015 - Womens Track and Field - Women's Track Secures Highest-Ever Finish at N.E. Div. III Meet Behind 2-Event Champ Alexis Walker '16 and 3 School Records - 2 More Records Fall at N.E. Open

    Alexis Walker '16 (photo) took first place in both the 60m dash and the long jump, accounting for half of the Cardinals' top prizes during the New England Division III Championships, hosted by Smith Fri.-Sat., Feb. 20-21. Wesleyan also picked up two first places in relay events, giving the Cardinals 40 of their 58 team points, putting Wesleyan in a tie for third place among 30 scoring teams. It was the highest-ever finish for Wesleyan at the regional meet, bettering the fifth-place showing by the squad during the 2000-01 campaign. Walker zipped along at a Wesleyan-record :07.74 clip in the 60m finals, a time that ranks her third nationally in Division III thus far. Her 18-3 3/4 winning leap in the long jump was just 3/4 inch off her own school record, set in 2013, and ties her for sixth nationally in Division III. The 4x800m relay squad of Sydney Cogswell '16, Nikita Rajgopal '17, Aida Julien '18 and Aidan Bardos '17 clipped 14 seconds off the Wesleyan record by winning the event in a time of 9:23.65. The same group ran 15 seconds slower during the Little Three Championships five weels earlier. Also with a title was the 4x400m relay quartet of Ellie Martin '16, Ananya Subrahmanian '18, Melissa Luning, '15 and Sarah Swenson '18, which came across the finish line in 3:59.31, defeating Williams by a scant 0.29 seconds.

  • February 21, 2015 - Womens Ice Hockey - Cardinals Takes Trinity to the Wire in Season Finale, Last in Career of 9 Seniors, but Fall by 4-2 Score

    Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock by netting the go-ahead goal with just 33 second remaining in the second period, visiting Trinity went on to claim a 4-2 win over Wesleyan in the regular-season finale for both squads. The victory proved particularly fortuitous for the Bantams. Combined with a 1-0 loss by Conn. College in its final game vs. Williams, Trinity vaulted to the number-three seed in the conference standings and will host a first-round game next Sat., Feb. 28 against the number-six seed. Conn. College dropped to fourth place. Wesleyan did not qualify for the post-season tournament, an unfortunately finish for the Cardinals and their nine hard-working seniors (photo).

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