- March 04, 2015
Womens Lacrosse - Hat Tricks from Meredith Smith '17 & Julia Black '16 Power Cardinals Past Wheaton, 8-7
Julia Black '18 broke a 6-6 deadlock with 13:46 remaining in the second half, then added an insurance marker 3:15 later which proved to be the difference in the game as the Cardinals went on to their 14th straight victory vs. Wheaton with an 8-7 win Wed., March 4. Up next for the squad is the home opener as the squad hosts Bates Sat., March 7 in a game slated for a webcast.
With Meredith Smith '17 (#29, photo) netting her hat trick in a span of less than 13 minutes during the first half, Wesleyan jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Wheaton trimmed the margin to 5-3 at halftime. A goal by Leah Sherman '15, her second of the game, to open the second half put Wesleyan's lead at three goals, but a 3-0 Lyon run knotted the score at 6-6 with 19:07 on the clock. Black, who also had an assist in the contest, then put the Cardinals ahead for good off a pass from Finley Kincaid '18 before padding the lead and finishing off her hat trick after receiving a pass from Morgan Moubayed '17.
- March 03, 2015
Womens Ice Hockey - Jordan Schildhaus '15 Completes Cycle with Nod to Women's Ice Hockey All-NESCAC First Team
Leading the Cardinals in scoring for the third time in four years, Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo) completed her elevation as a NESCAC-honored player with a nod to the all-conference first-team following a vote of the NESCAC coaches. She had her most productive season in terms of goals and points in 2014-15 with 13 goals and 23 points. She ended her outstanding four-year career with 72 points on 40 goals and 32 assists in 95 games played. The last Cardinal to surpass 70 career points was Anna Siliciano '05, who tallied 85 points in 93 games.
- 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 - Team Not So Fortunate vs. RPI
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.