Cards Open 2010 Campaign with 16-10 Win over ECSU as Allie Lynch '11 Racks up Seven Points

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Wesleyan kept its record spotless against Eastern Connecticut at 8-0 since the teams first met in 1996 with a season-opening 16-10 win Sat., March 6. Wesleyan then headed to Florida for its next three games, the first on Mon., March 8 against Drew University in West Palm Beach. Drew came back from a 7-4 deficit to grab an 11-10 triumph.

The Cardinals raced out to a 6-0 lead on visiting Eastern Conn. less than eight minutes into the contest with both Erin McCarthy '10 (#22, photo insert upper right) and Jess Chukwu '11 (#23, photo insert lower right) scoring twice to lead the run. Both finished the game with four goals. The half ended with the Cardinals holding a substantial 12-2 edge.

The lead remained around double-digits for the opening 20 minutes of the second half with Allie Lynch '11 (#10, main photo) adding a goal and an assist to produce a team-leading seven points as she racked up six helpers to go along with her goal. Lynch's unassisted tally with 12:43 remaining gave Wesleyan its largest lead at 16-5. Eastern netted the final five goals of the game to narrow the final gap to just six goals. Eastern outscored Wesleyan 8-4 in the second half behind an 18-8 shot advantage. Wesleyan held a 24-8 margin in shots during the opening 30 minutes.

In goal, Maggie Drowica '12 made two stops while allowing two goals in the first half. Abby Sedney '10 minded the net in the second period, making seven saves and yielding eight goals.

In the Florida opener, Wesleyan held a 7-4 edge with 10 minutes left in the first half as Chukwu had two goals and an assist to pace the offense. Drew scored the last two goals of the first period and the opening three goals of the second stanza to move ahead 9-7 with 22 minutes to go. Goals by Catherine Taibi '13 and Claire O'Brien '12 knotted the count at 9-9 with 18:55 on the clock. Lynch notched her third assist of the game on O'Brien's tying tally. The next two goals belong to Drew for an 11-9 lead with 5:46 remaining. Lydia Kring '13 netted her second goal of the game for the Cardinals at the 5:19 mark but that was the end of the evening's scoring as Drew hung on for the win.

Drowica turned aside nine Drew shots during the contest as Wesleyan owned a 31-24 margin in total shots. The Cardinals had trouble converting their free-position opportunities, cashing in just twice in 10 attempts.

Wesleyan is right back on the field Tues., March 9, facing R.P.I. in West Palm Beach.

(photos courtesy of ChiaraBest.com)