Cards Seize First NESCAC Victory at Conn. College, 4-2, Then Snap Skid vs. Bowdoin with 2-2 Tie

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Despite a 47-19 shot deficit, Wesleyan got a pair of goals from Heather Lindgren '11 (#19, left in photo) and outstanding 45-save goaltending from Rachel Stemerman '09 (#1, right in photo) in downing Conn. College on the road Fri., Feb. 1, 4-2. Three weeks earlier, the Camels had planted a 5-1 defeat on the Cardinals. This time out, Wesleyan built a 3-0 lead midway through the third period as Stemerman had 29 saves in the opening 40 minutes and maintained her shutout until the 12:22 mark of the final stanza. Lindgren had opened the scoring with her third goal of the season at 3:15 of the second period and added what proved to be the game-winner at 11:09 of the third, sandwiching the first goal of the season for Julia Cohen '08, who scored unassisted at 10:40 of the middle period. Emma Ram '11 had assists on both of Lindgren's tallies. Conn. made it interesting with a power-play goal with only 33 seconds to play. The Camels also had their goalie pulled at the time. Conn. maintained an empty net after its goal but this time Wesleyan's Sena Ito '11 found it for the insurance goal at 19:59. The Cardinals had hoped to continue their NESCAC success and reversal of fortune Sat., Feb. 2 when the squad headed to Amherst for a meeting with the nationally ranked Lord Jeffs. Earlier this year, Amherst prevailed over Wesleyan, 6-0. It was much the same the second time around with Amherst taking a 7-0 decision. The shots were 48-13 in favor of the Lord Jeffs, who cashed in four times during the middle stanza to pull away. The squad returned home for a weekend series with Colby (Fri., Feb. 8) and Bowdoin (Sat., Feb. 9). Wesleyan snapped a 17-game losing streak to Bowdoin with a 2-2 tie as Lindgren again netted a pair of goals, spotting Wesleyan leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Stemerman was brilliant in goal with 40 saves. That, too, was a huge turnabout from the initial meeting between the teams, won by Bowdoin, 6-1. Against Colby, Hannah Jackson '09 netted the lone Cardinal goal, coming short-handed early in the third period, in a 5-1 setback. The team headed to Hamilton for a pair of games Sat., and Sun., Feb. 16-17 in hopes of keeping its NESCAC playoff hopes alive. Tied 1-1 going into the third period as Stemerman had 32 over the first 40 minutes, Hamilton got the game-winning goal Saturday with 3:44 remaining and added an empty-net goal with 34 ticks to go for a 3-1 victory. The loss knocked the Cardinals from post-season contention. Jessica Fischer '08 had the Cardinals' power-play goal in the first period as Wesleyan drew first blood. Stemerman finished the game with 46 saves. She added 41 stops on Sunday but Hamilton got the game's only goal midway through the second period in a 1-0 victory. Wesleyan closes out the season with a home NESCAC weekend, facing Williams Fri., Feb. 22 in a game to be webcast. The link for watching the game is located on the athletics home page under "Webcasts." After that, Wesleyan faces NESCAC leader Middlebury in the finale Sat., Feb. 23.