Cards End 25-Game Skid vs. Williams with 9-8 Home Win on Allie Lynch's '11 Goal at 3:38 of 2nd Half
Celebrating in the aftermath of their come-from-behind 9-8 victory over 20th-ranked Williams Sat., April 5, the Cardinals got a huge monkey off their collective backs by ending a 25-game slide vs. Williams that dated back to the 1983 season. That was the last year a Wesleyan squad seized a victory from Williams. Wesleyan got the game-winner from Allie Lynch '11, her 15th goal of the year and 12th in the last four games. Jess Chukwu '11, who was instrumental in the triumph with four goals, three of them as Wesleyan was rallying in the second half, set up the winner by moving in from the left and passing right to Lynch. After going ahead, 9-8, Wesleyan got the ensuing draw and ran the clock down before Chukwu almost made it a five-goal game, but her shot rang off the pipe. Wesleyan collared the loose ball in the midfield but shortly lost it with just over a minute remaining. Williams managed two shots wide of Cardinal keeper Rachel Stemerman '09 (right side of photo), who played very well with 13 stops. Then Beck Dorey-Stein '08 helped knock the ball free from the Ephs with less than 10 seconds to go and Stemerman grabbed the grounder to run out the clock. In addition to Chukwu's four goals, Wesleyan got a pair from Sarah Orkin '09 (#21 in photo) and two from Maggie Lile '11. Thus, freshmen accounted for seven of the team's nine tallies. The Cards were behind by two goals on three occasions in the contest, the last 5-3 early in the second half. From that point, the game was tied four times (5-5, 6-6, 7-7 and 8-8). Wesleyan collected 25 ground balls in the game, six by Lisa Zweigenhaft '09 and three by Jade Scott '09 (#7 in photo). Wesleyan had no time to rest as the 17th-ranked Cards were right back on the turf Sun., April 6 to host 11th-ranked Babson. Babson jumped ahead 3-0 and never looked back in posting a 15-6 win. Wesleyan was led offensively by Sophia Kim '08, who netted three goals. The team faced its third nationally ranked opponent in a row Sat., April 12 at Colby. The 17th-ranked Mules pulled away from a 3-3 deadlock for a 7-3 lead at halftime. Wesleyan got as close as 7-5 early in the second half but Colby then kept a 3-5 goal lead into the final two minutes when a late Cardinal run cut the final margin to 14-12. Orkin led the offense with four goals while Lynch netted three. Stemerman came up with her third 13-save effort of the year. The team made up a game postponed from March 29 at Bowdoin Sun., April 13, falling by a 6-5 count. The 12th-ranked Polar Bears moved out to a 4-0 lead but the Cards fought back and tied the game at 5-5 on a goal by Erin McCarthy '10 with 7:10 to play. But Bowdoin got the game-winner four minutes later despite a season-high 14 saves by Stemerman. Trinity, ranked 12th this week, was the Cardinals' next opponent Wed., April 16, making it five straight games vs. nationally ranked teams. Trinity jumped ahead 5-0 and never let the Cards get closer than three the rest of the way for an 11-6 victory. Both Kim and McCarthy had a pair for Wesleyan. In the team's Sat., April 19 contest at NESCAC leader Middlebury, it was Elise Kaye '10 and Laurel Sticklor '09 who each netted a pair but it wasn't nearly enough against the seventh-ranked Panthers as Wesleyan dropped a 19-6 decision vs. its sixth straight nationally ranked opponent. Wesleyan will finally get a break on Tues., April 22 when it makes up a game at Wheaton. Wheaton is not ranked!