- March 31, 2015
Mens Crew - Cardinals Defeat Coast Guard in Opening Northern Dual Race for 10th Year in a Row
Competing against Coast Guard to begin the dual-race season Tues., March 31, making up an event that was postponed Sat., March 28 due to unfavorable rowing conditions, only thr team's varsity 8 took to the water. Wesleyan posted a winning time of 6:32.0, leaving Coast Guard 15 seconds behind in 6:47.0. The win was the 10th in a row for the Cardinals over the Bears. Wesleyan expects to be on the water of Lake Quinsigamond Sat., April 4 in its next action, facing host WPI along with Colby, Middlebruy and Umass Amherst in the annual affair.
Filling the seats in the Cardinals' victorious crew against Coast Guard were rowers Chris Nanda '16, Sam Giagtzoglou '16, Ben Record '15, Darsheep Hora '15, Thad Brown '17, Zach Obstfeld '18, Mike Queenan '17 and Ethan Currie '15 with cox Max Dietz '16.
- March 31, 2015
Softball - Julie McDonald '18 Excels in the Circle, Annalie Walsh-Costello '17 is Hitting Leader as Cards Split with Coast Guard
Homestanding Wesleyan gained a split of its home-opening double-header vs. in-state rival Coast Guard Tues., March 31 by rapping out 15 hits to end the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, 11-3. Coast Guard had captured game one by holding off a Cardinal rally in the 7th inning for a 4-3 victory. Coast Guard now leads the overall series, 20-12. Wesleyan returns to the field Fri., April 3, taking on NESCAC West opponent Hamilton in the first game of a three-game series. The game is slated for Clinton, N.Y. but could be moved elsewhere.
The Cardinals got to the Bears' starter in the 3rd inning of game two, chasing her from the circle while gaining a 7-3 edge, touching her for 11 hits and seven runs. Wesleyan starter Julie McDonald '18 (#7, right side photo) allowed three hits and three runs, all unearned, in the 1st inning, then gave up just one hit and two walks with no runs and three strikeouts over the final four innings to even her seasonal record at 5-5. She had five strikeouts for the game.
- March 29, 2015
Softball - Su Pardo '16 Pitches Well, Leads Squad at the Plate but Cards Fall Twice to Middlebury in NESCAC West Action
Getting consistent pitching and timely hitting, including six extra-base hits over the course of the double-header, Middlebury took a pair of NESCAC West contests from Wesleyan in the conference opener for both teams, 4-3 and 6-1. The games were played Sun. March 29 at Hand High School in Madison, Conn. Middlebury is now 9-3 overall while Wesleyan fell to 6-8.
In the opener, MIddlebury trailed for five innings after the Cardinals manufactured a run in the 1st with a leadoff walk to Izzy Linzer '17, a sacrifice by Mollie Grunat '16, a passed ball and then a wild pitch. Wesleyan pitcher Su Pardo '16 (#10, left side photo) kept the Panthers off the board until a pair of doubles in the 6th, one a blast to the fence in left center, and the other a blooper to left center that fell between the Cardinal outfielders, tied the count at 1-1.
- March 28, 2015
Womens Lacrosse - Liana Mathias '17 & Meredith Smith '17 Each Score a Pair as Cardinals Play #3 Colby Tough in 10-5 Setback
Getting a pair of first-half goals from top scorer Meredith Smith '17 (#29, right side photo) along with the first of two goals in the game from Liana Mathias '17 (#2, left side photo), Wesleyan limited third-ranked nationally Colby to just seven shots on net and nine total shots over the opening 30 minutes to go into halftime trailing by a lone goal, 4-3. Wesleyan took 10 shots, nine of them on the cage during the first half of the game Sat., March 28.
While second-half shots favored the Mules, 12-11, in the evenly played contest, a hot Colby goalie, who came through with eight stops in the second half, proved to be the difference in the 10-5 final score. Overall shots were even in the game, 21-21, while Wesleyan put 19 of its 21 attempts on goal. Colby found the target 18 times with Cardinal keeper Nina Labovich '16 collecting eight saves.
- March 28, 2015
Mens Lacrosse - Harry Stanton '18 Scores Winner with :52 left to Extend Men's Lax Win Streak to 4 with 9-8 Triumph over Colby - Goalie Justin Schick '15 Gets Honors
Goalie Justin Schick '15 (#35, right side photo by Shoaib Tareen P'15) made his career-high 18th save of the game, hit long-pole middie Grey Bradshaw-Mack '17 with an outlet pass to the top of the box, triggering a fast break that ended in the third goal of the game for Harry Stanton '18 (#16, right side photo by Ben Jacobs '16) with :52 left, giving Wesleyan a 9-8 lead over visiting Colby Sat., March 28. Though Colby won the ensuing face-off, Colby committed a turnover that gave Wesleyan possession at midfield with :23 remaining. Nate Ryan '15 raced around the Colby end, outrunning three chasing defenders, then threw the ball high in the air with :07 left. By the time the ball landed, time expired as the Cardinals secured their fourth win in a row this year, improving to 6-3 overall, 3-1 in NESCAC play. Colby fell to 5-3, 2-3 in the conference.
- March 25, 2015
Mens Lacrosse - Men's Lacrosse Scores 13 Straight Goals in Winning Third Game in a Row This Season, Downing WCSU 20-4
Meeting for the first time in six years and for just the fifth time overall, Wesleyan and Western Connecticut battled under cold, wet conditions Wed., March 25 with Wesleyan prevailing, 20-4. The Cardinals have now won each of the five games between the squads, with the margin of victory at least nine goals each time. Wesleyan heads into NESCAC play for its next outing, hosting Colby Sat., March 28. The game is slated for a webcast.
Wesleyan led by a tenuous 4-2 count after the Colonials got a goal with 10:19 left in the second quarter. The Cardinals then ended the period on a 4-0 run for an 8-2 halftime lead, and thoroughly dominated the third quarter to the tune of 9-0 for a 13-0 run and a 17-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals won their third game in a row and in each outing has had a run of at least seven consecutive goals.
Leading the Cardinals in scoring on the day was Matt Prezioso '15 (#2, photo insert upper left), as he netted two goals along with five assists to improve his seasonal scoring figure to 33 points on 20 goals and 13 helpers. Producing the highest scoring game of his career with four goals was Jackson Arnold '16 (#6, main photo) as he came into the contest with five goals on the season.
- March 22, 2015
Mens Tennis - Men's Tennis Adds Another Solid Win to Its Credit, 9-0 vs. Brandeis, without Dropping a Set - Rises to 18th in Rankings, but Falls to #8 Bowdoin & #26 Bates
Facing Brandeis, sitting #33 in the March 12 ITA national Division III rankings, the Cardinals rolled to a solid win against a team ranked just ahead of them as Wesleyan holds down the 34th spot in the rankings. Just 2-5 all-time vs. Brandeis heading into the match, but victorious over the Judges, 5-4, the last time they met in 2008, Wesleyan made short work of the afternoon with a 9-0 decision this time. Wesleyan went 12-0 in sets over the six singles matches and dropped just eight games in doubles.
Winning at #1 singles and doubles was Michael Liu '17 (left side photo) as he took a 6-4, 6-3 single triumph and paired with Zacho Brint '16 for an 8-5 doubles conquering. At #2 singles and doubles, Jake Roberts '17 (right side photo) did much the same, though in a bit more convincing fashion with a 6-0, 6-3 win in singles and an 8-2 doubles conquest, teamed with Greg Lyon '17.
- March 21, 2015
Womens Track and Field - Cardinals Capture 5 Top Prizes of 11 Events Entered During Opening Meet of Spring Campaign, Then Take 2nd of 12 Teams at CGA Invite
With 19 teams entered in the competition, Wesleyan hosted the initial meet of the spring season but the affair was moved indoors due to poor outdoor conditions. Wesleyan had entries in 11 of the 16 events and came away with five first-place efforts while collecting 14 top-three finishes overall.
Leading the way in individual events for the Cardinals were Idara Foster '15 (photo upper left) with a time of :13.26 in the 100m, nipping a Conn. College runner by .01 seconds in a field of 44 entries; Geneva Jonathan '15 (photo lower left) with her :09.98 clocking in the 60m hurdles for a .03-second win with 23 entrants; Ellie Martin '16 (photo upper right), who led a contingent of four Cardinals to the finish line in the 800m with a 2:24.48 effort; and Aidan Bardos '17 (photo lower right), who finished just ahead of Sydney Cogswell '15 in the 1500m, the former in 5:02.27 and the latter in 5:03.01. Wesleyan's fifth top finish came from the 4x400m relay quarter of Nikita Rajgopal '17, Melissa Luning '15, Ananya Subrahmanian '17 and Sarah Swenson '18 in a time of 4:07.16.
- March 21, 2015
Mens Track and Field - Thomas Reid '18 & Agbon Edomwonyi '16 Highlight Opening Spring Meet for Men's Track - Cards Take 2nd of 11 at CGA Invite
Beginning the spring track campaign Sat., March 21 with a home meet that was supposed to take place outdoors but was moved indoors due to conditions, Wesleyan got solid perofmances from throwing specialist Agbon Edomwonyi '16 (right side photo) and runner Tom Reid '18 (left side photo) as they we part of the Cardinals' three-first-place finishes in the 17-team affair.
Edomwonyi won both the shot put and weight throw, coming through with a 46-1 1/2 toss in the former and a 48-8 heave in the latter. His margin of victory over 31 other entries in the shot put was more than three feet. His weight throw outdistanced the small field in the event by nearly 11 feet. Reid anchored the squad's 4x400m relay quartet that included Luca Ameri '15, Austin Dhillon '18 and LaDarius Drew '15 to first place in a time of 3:34.27, giving Wesleyan a near four-second margin of victory in the nine-team event. Reid also had a time of :09.13 in the 60m hurdles to finish second in the race.
- March 20, 2015
Baseball - Complete-Game Pitching of Gavin Pittore '16, Named NESCAC POTW, Helps Baseball Gain Split at Pomona in Final Games of Western Swing
Gavin Pittore '16 (#13, photo insert upper left) fired a seven-hit complete game at Pomona Fri., March 20 in the final game of the Cardinals' western excursion to give Wesleyan a split of its double-header with a 9-2 victory. For his performance, Pittore was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week. Wesleyan had come up short in the opener by a 9-6 score. Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 (#9, main photo) had a big day at the plate, driving in five runs over the two games with a three-run homer in the 9th inning of the opener and triggering a four-run outburst in the 1st inning of the second game with a two-run double as Wesleyan took the lead for good. Gaining a 7-1 lead after two innings, the Cardinals got their second three-run shot of the afternoon when Guy Davidson '16 blasted his third round-tripper of the year. Goodwin-Boyd's bomb was his second of the season. His 14 RBI leads the squad while Davidson is second with 12.