Emily Avener '09 Has 46 Saves in 1st Start in Goal as She Fills in for Injured Rachel Stemerman '09

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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.