Leah Coe '11 Scores First Career Goal, Rachel Stemerman '09 Racks up 101 Saves in 2 Games at Utica
Playing their fifth and sixth games this season against a team ranked among the top-15 nationally in Division III, the Cardinals fell to Utica, which holds the #15 spot nationally, 5-1, Sat., Jan. 3 in the first of two games over the weekend. The teams squared off again Sun., Jan. 4 with Utica prevailing, 3-0.
Leah Coe '11 (#9, photo insert upper right courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) netted the first goal of her career at 8:45 of the second period in the first contest, an unassisted tally during a Wesleyan power-play, which cut the margin to 2-1 at the time. Utica used a 47-22 edge in shots to control the tempo and upped the difference to 3-1 by the end of the period, then tacked on a pair of markers in the third period for the final margin.
Wesleyan keeper Rachel Stemerman '09 (#1, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) logged 42 stops in the first game, 32 of those coming over the final two periods. In the second game, Stemerman posted a career high with 59 stops, 44 of them in the opening 40 minutes while yielded just one goal over the stretch. It was the 11th time in her last 17 starts that she has posted at least 40 saves in a game. Last year when Wesleyan and Utica split a pair of one-goal games in Middletown, Stemerman collected 89 saves. This time the total was 101.
The Cardinals return to NESCAC action for their next weekend's work, playing at Conn College Fri., Jan. 9 before finishing the weekend at Amherst Sat., Jan. 10. The Lord Jeffs are currently ranked fourth nationally and held the number-one spot for three weeks earlier this season.