Martha Harding '16 (#4, right side photo) netted a career-high four goals, nearly doubling her output on the season, in pacing the Cardinals to an 11-1 triumph over visiting Skidmore Sat., March 22. Wesleyan is now 3-1 all-time vs. the Thoroughbreds. Wesleyan concluded its non-league schedule Wed., March 26, hosting St. Joseph's (L.I.).
Wesleyan opened up a 3-0 lead after 18:54 of play against Skidmore and carried a 4-1 margin into intermission. Wesleyan totally dominated the second half, outscoring Skidmore, 7-0, behind a 16-7 shot differential. Wesleyan had a 30-13 margin in shots for the game. Cardinal starting goalie Nina Labovich '16 (#24, left side photo) made five saves in 49 minutes of work while Grace McCann '17 added four stops in her 11 minutes of work. They combined to stop all four free-position shots by Skidmore.
Wesleyan converted on four of six free-position attempts with Harding converting on each of her three opportunities and brought her seasonal goal total to nine. Becca Phillips '17 had two second-half markers for Wesleyan while five other Cardinals had a goal, including Leah Sherman '15, who had two of the Cardinals' three assists. Skidmore's lone goal came at 6:24 of the first half, making it a 3-1 game. But Wesleyan bottled up the Skidmore attack the final 36:24 of the game in securing the 10-goal victory. The one goal against was the lowest scoring output by an opponent in eight years. During the 2006 campaign, Wesleyan knocked off Smith by a 16-1 count.
Getting two points from five different players, Wesleyan pulled away from a tenuous 3-2 lead with 20 minutes remaining by scoring the final six goals of the game to come away with a 9-2 victory over St. Joseph's (LI) in the first-ever meeting of the squads. Wesleyan concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-0 mark, having outscored its five non-league opponents by a resounding 63-16 margin.
Wesleyan got the first of two second-half goals from Caty Daniels '15 at 18:34 of the second half to extend its one-goal lead to 4-2 as Daniels converted a pass from low on the left by Phillips. Phillips went on to add a free-position goal of her own at the 2:57 mark to make it an 8-2 lead. In between, Meredith Smith '17, Daniels and Harding all netted goals before Smith ended the six-goal flurry with her second of the game and team-leading 14th of the season at 2:33 for the 9-2 final.
Sherman, Harding and Liana Mathias '17 all had first-half goals for Wesleyan, which led 3-1 at intermission. Harding, Smith and Daniels were the two-goal getters for the Cardinals while Sherman and Phillips had a goal and an assist for their two points.
Wesleyan had a decided 30-7 edge in total shots. Wesleyan got four saves from netminder Labovich.
Having allowed a mere seven goals over the last three games, all Cardinal wins, Wesleyan has established a school mark for fewest goals allowed in a three-game stetch. The fewest prior to this year was 14 by the 2003 squad during wins over Smith, Mount Holyoke and Conn. College by a 50-14 margin. The 2014 Cardinals defeated Wellesley, Skidmore and St. Joseph's (LI) by a collective 34-7 count.
Up next for the Cardinals is a NESCAC matchup with Colby Sat., March 29. The game will be webcast.