Cardinals Season Ends in NESCAC Loss at Amherst - Team Tied Record for Wins in a Season With Nine

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Forging a winning season despite a schedule that featured seven games vs. teams ranked among the top-15 nationally in Division III, the Cardinals concluded the 2006 campaign with a 9-8 record. The nine wins tied the team mark for victories in a season set during 2004. The squad was a mixture of newcomers and veterans as more than half the team was playing for head coach Holly Wheeler for the first time while seven were veteran returnees. Becky Meredith '06 (#16, left in photo) paced the team in goals with 40 and concluded her career ranked second in scoring with 161 points on 128 goals and 33 assists. She had three goals during the 17-8 season-ending defeat to sixth-ranked Amherst in the first-round of the NESCAC tournament Sunday, April 30. Wesleyan led 7-6 at the half in the contest before Amherst flexed its scoring muscle in the second period to win going away. Also netting a hat trick was newcomer Sarah Orkin '09, who combined with fellow newcomers Schulyer Swenson '09 and Laurel Sticklor '09 to amass 61 goals. The team's top scorer for the year was Amanda Belichick '07 (#18, right in photo) with her 52 points on a team-high 19 assists along with 33 goals. She is only the second Wesleyan woman to go over 50 points in a season, joining Becca Vogel '05 who did it twice in her career. Team captain Laura Siegle '06 also contributed to the attack with 20 goals and five assists. Anchoring the defense were veterans like Sophia Kim '08, Jen Bianculli '08 and goalie Kate Jones '06, who posted a 46.6 save percentage and 10.24 goals-against average ; and newcomers Beck Dorey-Stein '08, Jade Scott '09 and Lisa Zweigenhaft '09. During the year, the Cardinals secured NESCAC wins over Trinity, Conn. College and Bates and were seeded seventh in the NESCAC tournament.