Four Goals by Charlotte Hastings '10 & 18 Saves by Maggie Drowica '12 Help Cards Beat Bowdoin, 9-8
Trailing for the last time, 2-1, late in a low-scoring first half, Wesleyan held leads of 4-2 and 7-5 during its season opener vs. Bowdoin Sat., March 7, but it took a free-position goal by Sarah Orkin '09 with :59 left to break an 8-8 tie and give Wesleyan a hard-fought 9-8 win. Wesleyan beat Bowdoin for the second time the last three years but only the third time since 1991.
Making her first start in goal, rookie Maggie Drowica '12 (#13, photo insert left side) came through with 18 saves, 12 of those in the first half as Wesleyan held a 4-2 lead at intermission. Charlotte Hastings '10 (#1, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com) netted the last two goals of the first half in a span of 2:36. Her two goals in the second half came even faster as she broke a 5-5 tie with as pair in only 33 seconds for a 7-5 Cardinal edge with 16:28 left. Bowdoin came back to tie the game at 7-7 before Erin McCarthy '10 scored on a free-position shot at the 7:33 mark. Once again, Bowdoin tied the game.
Orkin got the final goal, her second of the game, on a free-position shot and it held up as a final Bowdoin shot hit the left post and Laura D'Iorio '09 got a ket ground ball with :19 left. After a Wesleyan timeout, D'Iorio legged it all the way from the Wesleyan defensive box to the area behind the Bowdoin goal, killing off the final seconds.
Bowdoin, ranked 19th nationally, was the first of eight top-20 squads on the Cardinals' schedule in 2009. The next was sixth-ranked Gettysburg Mon., March 9 in the first of two games for the Cardinals in Hilton Head, S.C.
Wesleyan jumped ahead 4-1 after 18 minutes of play but a three-goal burst by the Bullets in the final three minutes knotted the count at halftime. The teams see-sawed for the opening 22 minutes of the second half with ties at 5-5, 7-7 and 8-8. Gettysburg broke the last tie at 7:21 and went on to net the final four goals for a 12-8 victory.
Wesleyan got two goals and an assist from McCarthy while Maggie Lile '11 added a pair of goals. Hastings had a goal and an assist.
Wesleyan closes out the southern excursion by facing St. John Fisher Fri, March 13.