Emily Avener '09 Has 46 Saves in 1st Start in Goal as She Fills in for Injured Rachel Stemerman '09
After taking over for an injured Rachel Stemerman '09 for the last two periods of the team's home game with Hamilton Jan. 25, Emily Avener '09 (#10, photo) got her first start in goal Fri., Jan. 30, facing the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Amherst.
Avener was kept busy as she posted double-digit saves in each period, including 18 in both the second and third stanzas, to rack up 46 stops in the contest. Amherst prevailed, 5-0, keeping the Lord Jeffs unbeaten against NESCAC opponents for a span of 43 games (36-0-7). It was also Amherst's 11th consecutive victory over Wesleyan as the visitors enjoyed a 51-7 advantage in shots on goal.
The Cardinals were hoping to make it a sweep of their NESCAC series with Conn. College when the Camels came to town Sat., Jan. 31. Earlier this season, Wesleyan posted a 3-2 win on the road in New London, Conn. It wasn't to be, however, as the Camels moved out to a 5-0 lead after two periods, survived a bit of a Wesleyan rally and took home a 7-3 victory. The Cardinals got third-period goals from Sena Ito '11, Hannah Jackson '09 and Heather Lindgren '11 to make it a 5-3 game with nine minutes to play, but the Camels responded with two goals less than a minute apart to pad their lead. Avener again was kept busy as she picked up 46 saves for the second straight outing.
Ahead for the team is a visit from Colby Fri., Feb. 6 for a game which will be webcast. Details for watching are on the athletics web site under "Webcasts." The weekend NESCAC series finishes up Sat., Feb. 7 vs. Bowdoin.