After Beating Conn, 2-1, in Regular-Season Finale, Cards Fall in NESCACs to Amherst, 1-0
Breaking a scoreless tie five minutes into the second half and adding a second goal just 5:36 later to give Wesleyan a 2-0 margin, Hillary Biggs '12 (#17, photo) logged her second two-goal game of the year during the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over Conn. College Fri., Oct. 31. With the win, Wesleyan locked up the seventh seed in the NESCAC tournament, the team's first-ever trip to the NESCAC post-season affair, and earned a rematch with second-seeded Amherst Sun., Nov. 2 in a first-round matchup. Biggs, who leads the Cardinals in goals this season with six, fired a shot from the top of the box into the lower left side of the net to initiate the scoring against Conn. with assists to Taylor Stevenson '10 and Marissa Trevisan '09. Yuri Hoshino '09 picked up the assist during a misplay by the Conn. keeper, leading to Biggs' second goal of the contest. Though the Camels got one back in the 77th minute with their only shot on goal in the game, Wesleyan held the Conn. attack at bay the rest of the way in clinching its first winning campaign since 1994.
The squad finished 7-6-1 on the year following a 1-0 setback to Amherst, ranked ninth nationally in Division III, in the NESCAC playoffs. The result was a significant improvement over the 4-1 loss to the Lord Jeffs at home Oct. 18. Amherst kept the pressure on Wesleyan throughout the tournament game, outshooting the Cardinals, 30-3 in total. Still, the difference in shots on goal was a mere 6-2. Wesleyan withstood the onslaught for 60 minutes before Amherst broke through with the lone goal at the 60:42 mark. Emma Nitzberg '12 did spring past the Amherst defense later in the second half for a breakaway but a great play by the Amherst keeper prevented the Cardinals from tying the contest. Wesleyan keeper Claire Colton '12 closed out the game with five saves.