Jill Reynolds '12 Scores Twice & Rachel Stemerman '09 Makes 48 Saves as Cards Down Camels, 3-2
Jill Reynolds '12 (#24, photo insert upper left by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) scored twice just 35 second apart early in the second period to spot visiting Wesleyan a 2-0 lead during its game at Conn College Fri., Jan. 9, and Rachel Stemerman '09 (#1, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) made 48 saves as Wesleyan never lost the lead, going on for a 3-2 NESCAC win.
Julia Cohen's '09 unassisted tally at 5:03 of the third period gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead and it held up as the game-winner. Conn got one back at 13:41 of the stanza, scoring with a two-man advantage, but Stemerman, who made 20 of her 48 stops over the last 20 minutes, got the job done with the 12th game of 40 or more saves in her last 18 starts. The Camels pulled their goalie with 1:07 left and had a two-man edge for the final 10 seconds, but to no avail.
Julia Mulhern '12 also had a two-point game for the Cardinals as she assisted on both tallies by Reynolds.
The squad traveled to Amherst for a meeting with the fourth-ranked Lord Jeffs Sat., Jan. 10, to close out the NESCAC weekend. Stemerman again was brilliant as she came up with 54 stops but a 56-11 shot differential left the Cards short on the offensive side while Amherst got a power-play goal in the first period for the game-winner and added an insurance marker late in the second period for the 2-0 final score. Amherst is unbeaten in its last 40 games against NESCAC foes (33-0-7) .
This was the second straight weekend that Stemerman has posted more than 100 saves over a pair of games as she collected 102 in the two games. She had 101 in a pair at Utica the previous weekend.
In a non-league matchup with New England College at home Tues., Jan. 13, nine penalties proved to be the Cardinals undoing as a 1-0 Wesleyan lead heading into the third period turned into a 2-1 Pilgrim victory in overtime. Emily Avener '09 had spotted the Cardinals the lead in the second period, putting home a rebound of a Heather Lindgren '11 shot. But New England scored on the power play early in the third stanza and after Wesleyan killed off one penalty early in overtime, New England scored with 12 seconds left during its ninth power-play opportunity. Once again, Stemerman racked up the saves with 48, her fifth game in a row with 40 or more stops.
Stemerman made it seven in a row when she racked up 43 saves at Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 17 and 40 at Colby Sun., Jan. 18 in a pair of NESCAC matchups. The Polar Bears and Mules did manage to get three past Stemerman while Bowdoin held the Cardinals off the board for a 3-0 decision and Reynolds scored her third goal of the season for Wesleyan in the 3-1 setback to Colby. Both Colby and Bowdoin got one goal on the power-play.
Wesleyan moved out-of-conference again for a game Tues., Jan. 20, traveling to Sacred Heart where the team dropped a 6-1 decision to the Division I Pioneers. Stemerman set a team mark by making 66 saves, 29 in the third period alone. Wesleyan led 1-0 after the first period thanks to a Hannah Jackson '08 unassisted goal 5:47 into the contest. But Sacred Heart struck for three goals in a span of seven minutes during the second period and tacked on three more in the final 10 minutes of the contest. For those who are counting, its now eight straight 40-plus saves game for Stemerman.
Opening a pair of NESCAC home games with Hamilton Sat., Jan. 24, Wesleyan forged a 2-2 draw through 60 minutes of play but a goal by the Continentals 1:49 into overtime gave the visitors the win. Avener was in on both Wesleyan scores with a goal and an assist. Izzy Huston '10 had the first Wesleyan tally.
Hamilton captured the second tilt as well, 5-2. Avener was called upon to cover the net when Stemerman was injured and made 16 saves while allowing the final four goals during two periods of work. It was the first time in more than eight years that Avener minded goal in a competitive situation. Sena Ito '11 and Mulhern provided Wesleyan's goals.
The next two games come at home against Amherst Fri., Jan 30 and Conn. College Sat., Jan. 31.