Cards Earn Home NESCAC Game for 1st Time as Cortney Tetrault '07 Sets Team Mark for Assists

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In a game that featured six ties before Sophia Kim '08 (#12, main photo) netted the game-winner on a free-position shot with 1:35 remaining in overtime, the Cardinals escaped from Bates with a 10-9 victory Sat., April 28 and secured the third seed in the NESCAC tournament. Wesleyan, with its first-ever home NESCAC playoff game, drew sixth-seeded Amherst as its first-round opponent Sun., April 29. Amherst pulled away from a 2-2 tie after 10 minutes of action with six straight goals and went on for a 13-5 win. Cortney Tetrault '07 (#10, photo insert lower right) dished off three assists against the Lord Jeffs to run her season total to 31. At Bates, neither team led by more than two goals with Wesleyan moving ahead 4-2 on Laurel Sticklor's '09 goal off one of Tetrault's three assists in the contest as Tetrault broke the seasonal team record of 26 in this game. Bates tallied four in a row to vault ahead, 6-4, early in the second half. The teams were then tied 7-7 and finally 8-8 as Erin McCarthy '10 got the last goal in regulation with 2:49 left, forcing overtime. Bates struck first in the extra period Before Kim scored twice in a span of 1:14 to give Wesleyan the victory. In goal, Rachel Stemerman made nine saves. With one more goal vs. Amherst, Kim closed out the season with a team-leading 28. Tetrault ended up with 47 points to pace the squad in scoring. Along with a winning record for the season (8-6), the Cardinals posted their first winning slate in NESCAC play (5-4) as well.