Cards Down Mount Holyoke Behind Two 2nd-Half Goals from Hillary Biggs '12, Then Tie Bowdoin

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Getting a pair of second-half goals from speedster Hillary Biggs '12 (#17, main photo), Wesleyan downed Mount Holyoke, 3-1, in its season opener in Middletown Wed.,. Sept. 10. It was the third straight season that the Cardinals have mastered the Lyons on the pitch. Despite a 10-1 margin in shots during the first half, the Cardinals found themselves tied at intermission, 1-1, with the initial goal coming from Yuri Hoshino '09 off a nice centering pass by Emma Nitzberg '12. Biggs broke the tie in the 50th minute as she collared a misplayed ball by the Holyoke keeper at the top of the box and deposited the ball into the open net from 15 yards out. About 20 minutes later, Biggs outraced the Lyons defense to a serve from Haley Baron '12 on the right side, dribbled in and fired a 20-yard cannon into the back of the net for the insurance goal. Gavi Elkind '09 (#00, photo insert lower right), who played the second half in net for Wesleyan, came up with three saves as she kept the Lyons off the board and earned the win. Elkind then posted her first shutout of the year, making six saves over 110 minutes as the Cardinals played to a scoreless tie with NESCAC rival Bowdoin Sat., Sept. 13. Now 1-0-1 on the year, it is the first time since 1997 that the squad has gone undefeated after two games to start the year. Wesleyan will look for its initial unbeaten start after three games since 1993, when the team opened 6-0, when the Cardinals host Smith Wed., Sept. 17.