Despite Career-High 6 Goals from Jess Chukwu '11, Cards Can't Catch Colby in 1st-Round NESCAC Game
Playing their second game this season in Waterville, Me. against Colby ranked third nationally in Division III, the Cardinals tried valiantly to recover from as much as an eight-goal deficit in the second half, but came up a 21-15 loser in a first-round NESCAC tournament game Sun., April 26. As a result, Wesleyan closed out the campaign with a final record of 6-9.
With Jess Chukwu '11 (#23, photo courtesy of ChiaraBest.com) netting six goals, the most for her in a game after twice scoring four goals last year, Wesleyan got as close as three, 17-14, with 8:12 remaining on Chukwu's fifth tally. Her final goal at 6:23 made it an 18-15 contest but the Mules netted the final three goals to make it a comfortable victory margin.
Also contributing to the Cardinal attack with three goals was Maggie Lile '11 while Erin McCarthy '10 and Sarah Orkin '09 added a pair each. McCarthy ended up the team scoring leader with 34 points on 28 goals and six assists. Allie Lynch '11, who had a pair of assists vs. Colby, paced the team in that department with 20 to go along with nine goals. Lile was second on the squad in goals with 25 while Chukwu tied with Charlotte Hastings '10 for third with 24. Orkin, with 27 points this year, ended her four-year career with 113 points, good enough for fifth place on the all-time Wesleyan scoring list. She had 25 points or more in each campaign.
Among the team's accomplishments this year was a brilliant 12-5 spanking of Amherst to break a 15-year, 18-game losing skid to the Lord Jeffs and give the Cardinals a share of the Little Three title for the first time since 1983.