Cards Get Offense Cranking in 2nd Half at Bowdoin but Fall in Sudden-Victory Overtime, 13-12
Outscoring host Bowdoin, 8-3, in the second half, Wesleyan recovered from as much as a six-goal deficit in the first period to bring about overtime. Each team scored once in the mandatory six-minute period before the teams entered sudden-victory OT. Bowdoin ended the game 1:46 into the additional three-minute segment.
Victimized by a seven-goal Polar Bear run in the first half that turned a 2-1 Cardinal edge into an 8-2 Bowdoin lead, Wesleyan got the final goal of the second half from Eileen Gaffney '12 and the opening four goals of the second period to cut the gap to one, 8-7. Jess Chukwu '11 (#23, photo insert upper right) and Lydia Kring '13 (#15, main photo) each scored their second goal of the game during the four-goal burst in the initial eight minutes of the second half. Chukwu scored two more before the end of the stanza, combined with her first-period marker, to give her game scoring honors with four. Kring finished with three. Her goal at 3:52 gave Wesleyan its first lead since the opening five minutes, 11-10. The lead lasted until Bowdoin converted with just :15 left in regulation to send the game into OT.
Catherine Taibi '13 countered a Bowdoin goal during the first OT, coming with only :11 left. Bowdoin had scored 35 seconds earlier. The Polar Bears then converted on their second shot of sudden-victory.
Bowdoin enjoyed a 38-24 advantage in total shots. Keeper Maggie Drowica '12 had a solid game for Wesleyan with 15 saves. Also with a strong effort up front was Allie Lynch '11 as she dished out four assists, bring her seasonal total to 16 and her team-leading point total to 18.
Wesleyan had a week off before hosting NESCAC rival Middlebury Sat., March 20 in its next game. The 11th-ranked Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 advantage, led 8-3 at halftime and let Weseyan get no closer than four (8-4) in the second half en route to a 14-7 victory. Middlebury is now 10-0 all-time vs. Wesleyan.
Chukwu put home three shots for the Cardinals, two of them off free-position opportunities, to pace the attack while Eileen Gaffney added a pair. In goal, Maggie Drowica had a 50 percent save percentage, logging 14 saves.
Ahead is another trip to Maine to take on NESCAC foe Bates Sat., March 27. The game will feature both LiveStats and an audio webcast. Links for both transmissions are located on the Wesleyan athletics home page under "Webcasts."
(photos courtesy of ChiaraBest.com)