After Posting 1st Winning Season in 13 Years & Qualifying for NESCAC Tourney, Cards Ready for More
In 2008, the Cardinals accomplished something that had eluded them since 1994 - posting a winning record. Coming through with a 7-6-1 overall record while coming up with a best-ever NESCAC record of 3-5-1, the Cardinals went down to the wire with second-seeded and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team Amherst in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament, falling 1-0.
For 2009, Wesleyan returns 13 letterwinners from the banner squad of a year ago, nine of whom started at least five games. Team co-captains Beth Kenworthy '10 (#12, photo insert lower left) and Alisha Neptune '10 (#5, photo insert upper left) were two of five players who started all 14 games a year ago. Kenworthy has played both defense and offense during her career while Neptune is a defender. Second-team all-NESCAC middie Taylor Stevenson '10 (#6, right side of photo) also was a 14-game starter and logged a team-high five assists. Defender Hannah Stuckey '12 was on the field to start all 14 games in 2008 as well.
Other top retuning players offensively are leading scorer Hillary Biggs '12, who netted six goals ; Cora Lautze '11, who had three goals with two assists ; and Emma Nitzberg '12, with two goals and a helper. In goal, Clare Colton '12 logged the most time with 10 games played and eight starts, coming up with a 5-4 record and 1.35 GAA.
Kaitlin Ashley '11, Dasha Battelle '11, Anna Crystal '11 and Haley Baron '12 were consistent contributors in 2008 with help from Maddy Harrington '11. Seven first-years will blend with the veterans to bolster the troops. Ingrid Parl '10, who lettered in both 2006 and 2007 before spending time abroad last year, and Gemma Doll-Grossman '12 round out the squad.
Wesleyan had its meddle tested right from the outset as the Cardinals traveled to Little Three rival Williams for their opener Sat., Sept. 12. Williams won the NESCAC title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament semi-finals. It came into the game ranked #1 in New England and #3 nationally. Williams made short work of the victory, its 24th in a row over the Cardinals dating back to a tie during the 1985 season, with a 5-0 decision. Williams owned a 24-6 margin in shots and led 3-0 at intermission. Nine different Eph players were involved in the scoring.
The Cardinals will look to get on track Wed., Sept. 16 in another road game, this time at Smith, a team the Cardinals knocked off in 2008 by a 2-0 count.