Holding a slim 4-3 advantage midway through the second period, homestanding Wesleyan methodically pulled away from Conn. College en route to a 16-7 victory Wed., April 23 to lock up the second seed in the NESCAC tournament which starts Sat., April 26. Wesleyan will host Conn. College again as the Camels are seeded seventh in the tournament. Wesleyan is now 25-15 all-time vs. Conn. Cardinal Graham Macnab '14 (left side photo) posted five goals in the contest while Quentin DellaFera '15 (right side photo) picked up three goals and two assists for a five points game as well. DellaFera netted Wesleyan's fifth goal and assisted on the sixth, then added the final goal of the first half with :13 left to spot Wesleyan a 7-4 edge at intermission.
Completing a game started on March 29 that was halted due to rain and darkness, Wesleyan and Amherst finished their NESCAC West series Tues., April 22 as the Cardinals scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 6th and got solid pitching from Su Pardo '16 (#6, photo lower right) to lock up the 8-7 victory. Both Wesleyan and Amherst have been eliminated from post-season play as Williams and Middlebury have clinched the post-season NESCAC tournament spots from the West. Next up for Wesleyan is a home double-header vs. Western New England Wed., April 23.
Trailing 5-3 with 23:25 left in the second half, 17th-ranked nationally Tufts netted the final four goals of the game to extend its winning streak vs. Wesleyan to seven game and keep alive its hopes of a first-round NESCAC tournament game with a 7-5 win Sat., April 19. Wesleyan closes out the year at Conn. College Wed., April 23 as both the Cardinals and Camels are 0-9 in league action while Wesleyan went 5-0 in non-conference play and Conn was 4-1. Shots favored Tufts, 21-15, as did ground balls, 19-10. Wesleyan keeper Nina Labovich '16 (#24, main photo) collected 11 stops on the day with a solid performance. Wesleyan recovered from a 3-2 deficit with three straight goals over a span of just 1:14 early in the second half. The teams were tied at intermission, 2-2, but Tufts drew first blood in the second half with a free-position shot at 27:40. Meredith Smith '17 (#29, photo insert upper right) got her second goal of the outing and 19th of the season with a two-thirds length of the field run up the right side and high shot to even the score at 3-3 with 24:39 on the clock. Martha Harding '16 (#4, photo insert lower right) gave Wesleyan its first lead of the game at 4-3 only 22 seconds later with a high shot off a pass by Abby D'Angelo '14.
Taking on Tufts in a showdown for the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan fell short of the Jumbos by a 17-11 count Sat., April 19. As a result, Tufts will be the #1 seed for the playoffs which begin Sat., April 26. Wesleyan can lock up the #2 slot with a home victory against Conn. College Wed., April 23 in the regular-season finale. A loss could still leave Wesleyan as the second seed. Regardless, Wesleyan will be at home for the first round of the NESCAC tournament. At Tufts, the score stood 6-5 for the host in the middle of the second period but a 6-1 Jumbo run to the 11:11 mark of the third quarter spotted Tufts a 12-6 margin and the Cardinals got no closer than four (the last at 13-9 at the end of the third period) before the Jumbos logged the six-goal win. Wesleyan got hat tricks from both Mike Giambanco '14 (#21, main photo) and Lyle Mitchell '16 (#19 photo insert upper left) while Giambanco added an assist for a four-point game. Long-pole middle Kevin Campbell '15 (#1, photo insert lower right) had a strong all-around game with two goals, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Cardinals captured three top finishes during the annual Little Three meet, this season hosted by Amherst Sat., April 19. Sierra Livious '14 (main photo) accounted for first-place points in the 100m hurdles (:15.72) while Sydney Cogswell '16 (photo insert lower middle) took the 400m race (:59.82) and Aidan Bardos '17 (photo insert lower right) was first to the tape in the 800m race (2:19.49). Livious added second-place performances in both the shot put and the hammer with her hammer throw of 162-7 eclipsing her own school mark set a week earlier by almost 10 feet. Her effort ranks her 20th nationally in Division III this season.
Robby Harbison '17 (#34, right side photo) led a 15-hit Cardinal attack by going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs, one a two-run shot in the 4th along with a solo job in the 5th, and an RBI double in the 7th as the Cardinals began their three-game NESCAC West series at Hamilton Fri., April 18 with a 10-4 victory. Splitting a double-header Sat., April 19 with a 7-1 victory in the first game before seeing their 12-game winning streak this season ended in a 5-3 setback in the nightcap, the Cardinals secured a spot in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Wesleyan is 8-1 in league action and will be joined by Little Three rival Amherst as playoff picks from the West. The two will vie for the top seed when they conclude conference action in their series starting in Amherst Fri., April 25 with a single game, and ending with a double-header in Middletown Sat., April 26. The team that wins the series will be the top seed in the West.
Wesleyan got a 3-for-3 performance at the plate from Amanda Roosa '15 (#15, left side photo) in her first game back after missing seven games due to injury but the Cardinals fell in the opening game of a double-header at Eastern Conn. Wed., April 16, 2-1. Eastern pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning after a leadoff double and a pair of bunts. Pitcher Su Pardo '16 nearly got out of the jam with a timely strikeout, her seventh of the game without a walk, for the first out of the inning. But a well-executed bunt thereafter brought about the 2-1 final. Wesleyan got its run in the 1st inning after a one-out double by Angelina Massoia '17, a groundout and a throwing error.
Defeating Conn. College for the sixth time in the last seven meetings of the team while improving the overall mark vs. the Camels to 21-19, the Cardinals took every set and surrendered no more than two games in any doubles match to run their NESCAC mark this season to 3-4, 5-7 overall with the 9-0 victory. The squad then traveled to #3-ranked nationally Amherst Sat., April 19, falling by a 9-0 score, making the Cardinals 3-5, 5-8. Three Cardinals were winners on both singles and doubles vs. Conn as Grace Smith '14 won at #2, 6-1, 6-3, while teaming with Olivia Koh '17 (photo lower left) for an 8-1 win at #1 doubles. Koh also won her singles match at #3 impressively, 6-1, 6-0. She leads the team with a 7-4 singles record this spring. Upping her singles mark to 6-5 was #4 Anna Howard '14 (main photo) as she produced a 6-1, 6-2 triumph.
The #6 nationally ranked women's crew travelled to Medford, Mass. to face #3 Bates, #1 Wellesley and #11 Tufts in a "double dual" format of racing. Wesleyan drew third-ranked Bates in the first round. In the varsity 8 race, Wesleyan upset Bates to win by just over three seconds in a time of 7:00.9. The varsity line up, changed from the previous week of racing, included coxswain Brianne Weimann '15, Annie Dade '16, Remy Johnson '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Emma Koramshahi '16, Avery Mushinski '15, Clare Doyle '14, Emily Johnson '13, and Hannah Korevaar '14. In the second round, Wesleyan (6:52) lost to Wellesley (7:04).
Grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on RBI singles by Jamie Hom '17 (#12, left side photo) and Molly Grunat '16 as Wesleyan banged out four hits, the lead lasted into the bottom of the 7th as Wesleyan held a 2-1 edge in the first game of a twin-bill Sat., April 12, completing a NESCAC West series at Middlebury. But the Panthers pushed across the tying run in the final frame with a walk and two singles, sending the contest into extra innings. Neither team scored during the 8th or 9th inning, bringing the international tie-breaker into play. Wesleyan took advantage in the top of the 10th, as Su Pardo '16, who tossed a complete game, yielding seven hits and two earned runs with 10 strikeouts, scored on a soft single to shortstop by Angelina Massoia '17 after moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Christina Zaccardi '17.