Erin McCarthy '10 Nets Five Goals Including Game-Winner in OT as Cards Best RPI in Florida, 13-12

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Playing their second of two games in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Cardinals rallied from an early 6-2 deficit for a 9-7 lead, but found themselves in overtime vs. RPI Tues., March 9. After the Engineers took a 12-11 lead 1:20 into the extra periods, the Cardinals got the tying goal with 1:26 left from Catherine Taibi '13 (#6, photo insert lower left) and the game-winner from top scorer Erin McCarthy '10 (#22 main photo) with only 13 seconds remaining for a 13-12 victory.

The goal was the fifth of the game from McCarthy, who paces the squad in goals this season with 10. Allie Lynch '11 added three assists in the game as she leads the team in both helpers with 12 and points with 13. With her two goals in the game, Taibi now has five on the year.

Also netting a pair of key goals for the Cardinals was Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, photo insert upper left) as she tied the game at 10-10 with 14:44 to go in the second half, then spotted Wesleyan an 11-10 lead 26 seconds later before RPI got the final goal of regulation at the 5:48 mark.

In the Cardinals' net, Maggie Drowica '12 had 12 saves, six in each half. There were no saves in overtime by either side.

Wesleyan put the finishing touches on its southern excursion Thurs., March 11 with an early-morning matchup against St. Lawrence. Wesleyan pulled away from a 4-4 deadlock at the half to take a 7-5 lead with 22:15 to play. Lydia Kring '13 finished off her first career hat trick to give the Cardinals a two-goal cushion. St. Lawrence then went on a decisive seven-goal burst in a span of 12:31 to seize a 12-7 advantage with 7:37 left. Liz Chabot '12 and Kring, with her fourth, finished off the day's scoring, but it left Wesleyan on the short end of a 12-9 final.

In addition to Kring's four goals, Jess Chukwu '11 had a pair of goals and an assist for a three-point contest. Wesleyan outshot the Saints, 34-25, had a 28-15 edge in ground balls and turned the ball over just 16 times to 30 by St. Lawrence. Still, a 16-save effort by the Saints keeper preserved the victory.

The Cardinals head into NESCAC play for their next outing, that coming up Sat., March 13 at Bowdoin.

(photos courtesy of ChiaraBest.com)