Allie Lynch '11 Leads Cards to NESCAC Win at Conn. and Big Comeback at Home vs. Endicott
Weseyan posted its first NESCAC victory of the campaign with a 13-5 win at Conn. College Wed., April 2. Trailing 3-2 midway through the first half, the Cardinals began a string of six straight goals, four in the first half for a 6-3 halftime cushion, and two more to start the second period for an 8-3 lead. Wesleyan did not let the Camels get closer than four goals the rest of the way in posting its seventh straight win over Conn. Allie Lynch '11 (#10, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) led the way for Wesleyan for the second straight game, netting three goals along with an assist. Sarah Hoefle '10 had a strong outing with two goals and two assists while keeper Rachel Stemerman '09 had an outstanding day in the net, stopping 13 Camels attempts. Almost a week earlier, after trailing 12-5 early in the second half, Wesleyan scored seven consecutive goals to tie its home game vs. Endicott Thurs., March 27, and got the game-winner with :08 remaining on a free-position shot by Jess Chukwu '11 (#23, photo insert lower left courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) to pull out a 15-14 decision. Chukwu finished the game with four goals while Lynch came through with six goals and an assist for a seven-point afternoon. She netted the initial tying goal with 12:49 to play, then after the Gulls regained the advantage, scored again with 11:07 on the clock to make it a 13-13 game. Charlotte Hastings '10 gave Wesleyan its first lead of the game with 4:03 to go on a strong individual run and shot. Though Endicott evened the count with 3:16 showing, Chukwu finished off the day's scoring with a high shot over the goalie's right shoulder off a free-position situation following an Endicott foul. Playing the final 41:36 in the Cardinal net while making five saves, Stemerman helped slow down the Endicott offense while her teammates got the job done at the other end. In between Endicott and Conn., Wesleyan had a contest at Bowdoin postponed to Sun., April 13 due to overwhelming illness among the Polar Bear players. Up next for the team is a home game with Little Three foe Williams Sat., April 5. The game will be webcast with viewing details on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."