Four Cardinals Come Through with a Hat Trick as Wesleyan Rolls to 18-7 Victory over Wheaton
Using a 6-0 burst triggered by the natural hat trick of Sarah Orkin '09 (#21, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com), Wesleyan moved ahead of visiting Wheaton, 8-2, during the first half of a game Sun., March 29. The Cards led 9-3 at intermission and did not let the Lyons get any closer in posting an 18-7 victory.
The score was identical to Wesleyan's win over Wheaton last year and gave the Cardinals their 12th win in a row over the Lyons. While Orkin scored her three goals in a span of just 4:21 as she took the squad from a 4-2 lead to a 7-2 lead, Charlotte Hastings '10 also had her three goals in short order, scoring with 1:08 left in the first period and adding a pair by the 22:48 mark of the second half. Maggie Lile '11 had a run of three goals between 20:43 and 11:56 of the second half and Erin McCarthy '10 also was a three-goal scorer for Wesleyan. Orkin had four points in the game as she added an assist and collected four ground balls, two draw controls and caused three turnovers. Allie Lynch '11 was a four-point performer as well with two goals and two assists.
Wesleyan was on the road to take on Trinity, ranked ninth nationally, in a NESCAC matchup Wed., April 1. The Cardinals hung with their host to halftime behind three first-half goals by McCarthy. The score stood 6-6 at intermission. But Trinity netted the opening four goals of the second half to take a 10-6 edge with 17:42 remaining. The lead grew to 12-7 before Wesleyan netted the final three goals to make it a 12-10 game with 3:43 left. But that's where the rally stalled and the score remained unchanged to game's end. Orkin also had a strong game for the Cards with two goals and two assists for four points. With her three goals, McCarthy took over the team scoring leadership which now stands at 23 points (19 goals, four assists).
Wesleyan was back in travel mode Sat., April 4, heading to Maine for a contest with third-ranked Colby. Wesleyan got balanced scoring once again led by Eileen Gaffney '12, who netted three goals in the final 18 minutes to help Wesleyan stay within range. Still Colby used a five-goal burst in the first half to take a 6-3 lead and never gave up the advantage in securing a 17-12 victory. Wesleyan did get as close as 9-8 with 23:36 left on Orkin's second goal of the contest. Also with two goals for Wesleyan was Lile and Chukwu. Keeper Maggie Drowica '12 came up with 15 stops.
Wesleyan faced its third straight top-12 ranked opponent on the road when the Cardinals visited Babson Tues., April 7. Again, the Cardinals hung tough, making it a 3-3 game early in the second half. Though the Beavers went on a 4-0 spurt for a 7-3 edge, Wesleyan came right back with three if its own to narrow the gap to 7-6 with eight minutes to go. Again, Babson scored four in a row to secure an 11-6 decision. The Cardinals were led by Lile with three goals and Drowica managed 12 saves in the net.
Ahead is a Little Three matchup at home vs. Amherst Sat., April 11 in a game that will be webcast. Details for watching the contest are on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."