Laura Kurash '13 Sets Record with 10-Point Game in 7-0 Victory over Smith, Team Also Downs Colby
Laura Kurash '13 (#8, photo) scored the game's opening goal at the 6:32 mark of the first half, then added three more goals along with two assists in leading Wesleyan to a 7-0 victory over homestanding Smith Wed., Sept. 16. Kurash established a Wesleyan record for points in a game with 10, breaking the previous mark held by three other players who totaled eight points, most recently in 2000 by Jenny Hipscher '04 (3 G, 2 A). Her four goals also tied a school record, achieved previously by two Wesleyan players, the last time in 1992 by Flo Stueck '96.
Wesleyan outshot its host 22-3 in making short work of the afternoon. Adding to the Cardinals' attack was Dasha Battelle '11 with a goal and an assist while Mikaela Curtin '13 chipped in with a pair of assists. In goal, Clare Colton '12 played the first half without needing to make a save while Kate Connolly-Smithwick '13 picked up one save to preserve the shutout as the keeper for the second half.
Wesleyan improved to 13-19 all-time vs. Smith but won for just the third time in the last 13 meetings. The seven-goal difference in the largest ever in the series which began in 1978 as the teams have met every year since Wesleyan turned varsity. Smith's 5-0 win in 2003 had been the largest margin of victory in the series.
In their latest outing, the Cards grabbed their initial NESCAC victory of 2009 by defeating Colby for the fourth year in a row, three of them by shutout. The 2-0 triumph Sat., Sept. 19 came via a pair of tallies just 1:49 apart midway through the first period. The goals came from Katrina Ellis-Ferrara '13 and Lily Kaplan '13 following great feeds by Beth Kenworthy '10 and Kaitlin Ashley '11, respectively. Colton, who went the distance in net, needed just three saves to secure her third career shutout. Over a three game span, Wesleyan has gone 194:39 without yielding a goal. In 2006, the Cardinals enjoyed a stretch of 316:27 of scoreless defense. To approach that figure, the Cardinals will need a good game at Mount Holyoke Tues., Sept. 22 vs. a team Wesleyan has defeated the last three seasons by a collective 8-1 differential.