Rachel Stemerman '09 Has a Fourth Straight 40-Plus Save Effort but Cards Fall to Ephs and Panthers

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In a battle to avoid the cellar in NESCAC play for the 2007-08 season, Wesleyan fell to its Little Three rival Williams for the second time this season, dropping a 3-1 decision at home Fri., Feb. 22. The Ephs used a 45-10 edge in total shots to keep Wesleyan off-balance during the game but Wesleyan keeper Rachel Stemerman '09 (#1, main photo) was a rock in net as she stopped 42 shots. She allowed only two goals, one with the Cardinals short-handed and one on a break-away when Wesleyan was on the power-play. The third Williams goal came into an empty net with five seconds to go. Stemerman has now collected 40 saves or more in each of the last four games, six of the last seven and 10 times in total over the course of the season. Hannah Jackson '09 (#8, photo insert upper left) gave the Cardinals a lift early in the third period when her goal with Wesleyan enjoying a two-skater advantage cut the margin in half at 2-1. It upped her seasonal point total to 17, highest on the squad. Wesleyan had three other golden opportunities to score during the game but could not cash in. The season came to a close Sat., Feb. 23 when Wesleyan hosted conference leader Middlebury. The Panthers prevailed, 5-1, but not before Wesleyan gave a team it has never beaten (0-36-2) a run for its money. The score was 2-1 early in the second period before another Panther tally made it 3-1 heading into the last stanza. A pair of tip-ins during the third period accounted for the final score. Stemerman added 27 more saves to her seasonal total which concluded at 760, the second highest total in team history and the most on a per game basis (34.5). Emma DeSimone '01 had 775 saves in 24 games during the 1999-00 campaign. The team's final goal of the season came off the stick of Julia Cohen '09.