Facing a team the Cardinals had defeated just once in the last 10 meetings, Ellery Sarosi '17 (#22, photo) opened and finished the game's scoring with her game-winning tally coming at 17:52 of the final period, propelling Wesleyan past Sacred Heart Tues., Nov. 25 by a 4-3 score. The Cardinals continue their out-of-conference play with their next game at Holy Cross Sun., Nov. 30. Converting a pass from Laura Wasnick '15 into the game-deciding marker, Sarosi completed her three-point game as she had put Wesleyan ahead, 1-0, at 7:24 of the first period, with a power-play goal assisted by linemates Cara Jankowski '15 and Jordan Schildhaus '15. She assisted on Schildhaus' power-play goal at 19:56 of the second period, tying the score at the time, 3-3. The marker came just four seconds after Sacred Heart drew its third penalty of the contest.
Playing for just the second time, with the first time coming last year in Chicopee, Mass., Wesleyan used a 10-0 run in the first half to turn a 21-18 deficit into a 28-21 lead and never gave up the advantage en route to a 79-55 win Tues., Nov. 25. Wesleyan captured the first meeting between the teams by a 74-71 count a year ago. Wesleyan had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Jack Mackey '16 (#24, photo) with 17 points as he canned five of his seven attempts from three-point range. As a team, the Cardinals went a blistering 12-for-23 from long range. Rashid Epps '16 added 15 points while Harry Rafferty '17 netted 13 and Joe Edmonds '16 chipped in with 11. Joseph Kuo '17 took game-high honors on the boards with eight rebounds. BJ Davis '16 had a game-best six assists with Mackey contributing five.
Isaiah Bellamy '18 (photo by Amber Dimitroff '16) went 4-1 at 197 pounds to take second place in leading the Cardinals to a fifth-place team finish among 12 teams at the Roger Williams Invitational Sat., Nov. 15. Wesleyan entered 21 grapplers and five of them placed among the top-six in their respective weight class. Bellamy posted three tight decisions on his way to the semifinals. He then came up with a second-period pin to earn a spot in the finals. There he fell by a 14-5 score to David Welch of Roger Williams, who earned All-America honors last March with a seventh-place finish at 184 pounds at the NCAA Division III Championships. For his effort, Bellamy was honored by the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) with its Rookie of the Week award.
Falling behind 3-1 after one period of play in the rematch at Amherst Sat. Nov. 22, the Cardinals got their second power-play goal of the game with 1:53 left in the second period to pull within a goal as Laura Wasnick '15 lit the lamp, aided by Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo) and Cara Jankowski '15. In the first period, it was Jankowski notching the man-advantage goal with Schildhaus assisting. Just 3:39 into the third period, Schildhaus sprung free and netted an unassisted marker to even the count at 3-3, making it a three-point game for her. The score stayed unchanged for the remaining 16:21 of the period as the squads headed for overtime. A costly Cardinal penalty 1:32 into the extra session gave the Jeffs their fourth power-play chance of the day, and Amherst made it count for the winner 45 seconds into the penalty.
Brenna Diggins '17 (#32, left in photo) ran her string of double-doubles to three consecutive games as she earned all-tournament honors for the second time this season during the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament hosted by Wesleyan Fri.-Sat., Nov. 21-22. In the Cardinals' first-round game, a 75-42 victory over Newbury, Diggins had 12 points and 14 rebounds in just 12 minutes on the floor. In the championship encounter vs. SUNY New Paltz, won by the Hawks, 50-48, Diggins again led the squad in both scoring and rebounding with 11 points and 13 caroms. Tying her for team high in points was Jess Cherenza '15 (#10, right in photo), also named to the all-tournament squad, as she had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well. In 23 minutes vs. Newbury, Cherenza had nine points and five boards.
Harry Rafferty '17 (#22, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) hit six of his 10 three-point tries on his way to a game-high and career-best 26 points in leading homestanding Wesleyan to a 76-54 win over Emmanuel Thurs., Nov. 20. The win upped the Cardinals' record against the Saints to 9-1 all-time. Wesleyan is back in action Sat., Nov. 22, hosting Little Three rival Williams in a non-conference tilt. The game will have a webcast and LiveStats. Twice during his rookie season, when he led the Cardinals in scoring with a 12.8 PPG mark, Rafferty cracked the 20-point plateau, netting 21 points vs. Dickinson and 20 against Curry.
Upping the amount of all-NESCAUpping the amount of all-NESCAC football honorees from last year's record number of 12 to 13 in 2014, Wesleyan also has the unique pleasure of harboring both the Offensive Player of the Year in QB Jesse Warren '15 (#2, left side photo) and the Defensive Player of the Year in DB Jake Bussani '14 (#1, right side photo). This is the first year since 2008, when Trinity claimed both major honors after an 8-0 season, that one team secured offensive and defensive POTY honors. It is Wesleyan first-ever such honors in football.
Getting a game-high 24 points along with 13 rebounds from tournament MVP Joseph Kuo '17 (#1, right in photo), Wesleyan trailed for only 1:03 during the title game of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament hosted by the Cardinals Sun., Nov. 16 in securing a tight 61-60 victory over Worcester St. It was the first-ever meeting of the colleges in men's basketball action. The Cardinals also got 10 points and a game-best 17 caroms from Rashid Epps '16 (#00, left in photo), who was chosen for the all-tournament team for the second year in a row. The Cardinals reined their spot in the title game by making short work of its first-ever meeting with Sarah Lawrence, scoring 13 straight points to extend an early 13-8 margin to 26-8 and never looking back en route to a 100-51 first-round win Sat., Nov. 15. The Cardinals led 59-22 at halftime. Wesleyan shot a brisk 8-for-10 on three-pointers in the first half, led by Jack Mackey '16 and BJ Davis '16 with two each as six different Cardinals hit a trey.
Wesleyan avenged a season-opening home loss to Little Three and NESCAC rival Williams, 3-1, Sat., Nov. 15 by defeating the Ephs, 5-0, in the rematch Sun., Nov. 16. For the Cardinals, the victory represented the largest margin against Williams since a 6-0 triumph in Middletown Feb. 16, 1994, spanning more than 20 years. Wesleyan and Williams have now split their last four NESCAC series, all at the start of the year. Williams entered the weekend ranked 11th nationally in the most recent USCHO.com poll and is the defending NESCAC tournament champion. Wesleyan moved ahead 1-0 on Mackenzie McPike's '15 (#14, photo upper right) first of two goals on the afternoon as she followed up a shot by Jess Brennan '17, scoring high on the left side at 7:26 of the first period. Wesleyan added a pair of markers in both the second and third periods while keeper Laura Corcoran '16 (#30, main photo) was brilliant in making 28 saves for her fourth career shutout in 18 starts.
Getting her Wesleyan career off to a sizzling start, Laila Samy '18 (photo) swept each of her five opponents at #1 while yielding no more than seven points in any game to help the Cardinals go 3-2 during the Wesleyan Round Robin Sat.-Sun., Nov. 15-16. Included among her victories was an 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 triumph over last year's #31-ranked nationally top player from Bates. Wesleyan defeated Tufts, 9-0; William Smith, 8-1; and Mount Holyoke, 9-0; while coming up short against Middlebury, 8-1, and Bates, 6-3. At last season's NESCAC Championship, Bates, currently ranked 14th nationally, took second place and Middlebury, ranked 15th, took third. Wesleyan holds the #21 spot in the country at present.