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REVIEW OF 1999 WESLEYAN WOMEN'S LACROSSE SEASON

Inaugurating the season with three wins during its opening five games (with two of those games played during the team's training trip to Florida), the 1999 women's lacrosse Cardinals outscored its opponents by a 55-39 margin over those five contests. Margaret Metz '99, who missed the 1998 season while studying abroad, made a triumphant return to the field by netting 20 of the 55 goals, including a team-record-tying seven goal outburst during a 15-10 victory at Montclair State.

By the end of the campaign, Metz, who was named first-team all NESCAC and second-team all-New England by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, tallied a Wesleyan single-season record 42 goals while also breaking the team mark for points in a season with 48. Her 110 career points in three seasons is second all-time at the college as are her 99 career goals.

Though the Cardinals dropped seven of their final eight games, each of those defeats came at the hands of a post-season qualifier. Bowdoin and Amherst both went on the play in the NCAA Division III tournament with Amherst reaching the championship game won by fellow NESCAC college Middlebury. Wellesley, Trinity, Connecticut College, Tufts and Williams comprised 83 percent of the ECAC New England Division III field with Williams taking the title.

Wesleyan played two very strong games to end the year in knocking off Springfield, 13-10 (the Pride came to Middletown sporting an 8-8 record), and losing in the final second to Tufts, 11-10, after coming back from a 9-3 deficit in the second half to tie the game on a Susie Bellizzi '99 goal with 1:11 to play. Bellizzi ended the year as the squad's no. 3 scorer with 18 goals and three assists for 21 points. Julia Chafets '01 ranked no. 2 with 24 goals and a team-high 14 assists for 38 points. Edie Aloe '99, Catie Sessions '99 and Kate Whitman '99 were the other starting seniors with Metz and Bellizzi as they closed out solid Wesleyan careers. Both Sessions and Aloe started every game they played but one over their final three seasons.