Cards End Drought vs. Colby With 12-7 NESCAC Win, Can't Overcome Trinity on the Road

Putting the pieces together on the home turf Sat., April 14 for a 12-7 NESCAC win over Colby, the Cardinals stood 7-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play. But after a huge game at Trinity Wed., April 18, the Cards dipped to 7-4, 4-3 NESCAC after a hard-fought 10-8 loss. In defeating Colby for the first time in NESCAC round-robin play (Colby had won each of the six meetings between 2001 and 2006 and was 8-2 overall vs. Wesleyan), the Cardinals used a six-goal burst between the first and second periods to erase a 4-3 deficit and gain a 9-4 lead. The margin never dropped below four goals as Wesleyan held Colby at bay. Erin McCarthy '10 (#22, center in photo) had her most productive day with a hat trick while Sophia Kim '08 collected five points on four goals and an assist. She scored three goals in a span of 4:08 to trigger the six-goal Wesleyan run. Cortney Tetrault '07 (#10, left in photo) upped her team-leading point total to 37 (15 goals, 22 assists) with two goals and two assists. In goal, Rachel Stemerman '09 turned aside 12 Mule scoring attemps. At Trinity, the teams entered the second half tied at 3-3 before the seventh-ranked Bantams opened the second-half scoring and led by as many as four (9-5) before settling for the two-goal victory as Wesleyan got three of the final four, two by McCarthy. She again led the Cardinals with three goals. The next game for Wesleyan, ranked 13th nationally, features third-ranked Middlebury Sat., April 21 in a game to be webcast by Wesleyan. Details for watching are on the athletics web site under Webcasts.