Wesleyan swept its match with the visiting University of St. Joseph (CT) Blue Jays 3-0, (25-23, 25-20, 25-15), Tues., Sept. 30. The Cardinals upped their overall record vs. St. Joseph to 7-2 while improving their record this year to 8-5, while the loss ended the Blue Jays' seven-match winning streak, and dropped St. Joseph to 8-3. Both teams played even through the bulk of the first set, with the score tied five times during the set at seven, nine, 11, 14 and 21. After the Cardinals tied the set at 21, St. Joseph retook a two point lead to make the score 23-21. But Sarah Small '18 then followed up a kill with a service ace to cap a 4-0 run by the Cardinals and pull out the opening set, 25-23. Wesleyan jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but St. Joseph battled back to tie the score at 5-5. The Cardinals once again took a three-point lead at 9-6, but the Blue Jays bounced back again to tie the set at 11-11. The teams would then continue the back-and-forth play until a Tyla Taylor '18 kill gave Wesleyan a 20-17 advantage. Sarah Swenson '18 (#4, right side photo) followed with an ace, giving the Cardinals a four-point lead at 21-17, and Wesleyan rode the momentum to the 25-20 win.
Capitalizing on two interceptions to score 14 points and relying on an efficient offensive performance from QB Jesse Warren '15 (#2, left side photo throwing TD) and running back Kyle Gibson '15 (#24, right side photo scoring TD), Wesleyan improved to 2-0 on the football season and 8-1 in its last nine games at home vs. Hamilton with a 43-21 victory Sat., Sept. 27. Hamilton dropped to 0-2 on the year. Warren competed 12 of 14 passes for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he entered the game as the NESCAC's top QB for passing efficiency. He improved his 151.3 rating to 180.8. Gibson collected 132 yards from 22 rushes and scored twice on runs of one yard at 2:19 of the first period to put the Cardinals ahead for good, 14-7, and 28 yards at 4:47 of the fourth quarter to cap the Cardinals' scoring. Warren's TD passes both were flips of five yards to Ben Kurtz '17 in the second and fourth quarters.
Hannah Plappert '16 (#9, right side photo) accounted for two goals and also had one assist while Mackey Hemphill '15 (#13, left side photo) was good for a goal and an assist in pacing homestanding Wesleyan past visiting Hamilton Sat., Sept. 27. Now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in conference action, Wesleyan is back on the field Sat., Oct. 4 at Colby in NESCAC play. The game is slated for a webcast. Scoring the Cardinals' first goal in the 13th minute on the game's second shot, Hemphill followed up the first shot on the contest, taken by Plappert, who dominated the game with nine shots. Plappert's shot from the right side was saved by the Hamilton goalieand Hemphill gathered the rebound and put the ball home for the 1-0 lead.
Ben Bratt’s '15 (#4, left side of main photo) penalty-kick goal in double-overtime lifted the Wesleyan over visiting Hamilton Sat., Sept. 27. The victory improved the Cardinals to 3-1 in the NESCAC and 4-2-2 overall. With the loss, the Continentals drop to 1-2-1 in NESCAC play and 4-2-1 overall. Both teams came out firing in the first half, and the energy turned into two early goals. Hamilton beat the Cardinals' keeper, Emmett McConnell '15, with a header off a cross that made it through the defense in the box. The goal gave Hamilton the lead, 1-0, at 11:05. Less than five minutes later, the Cardinals bounced right back when Adam Cowie-Haskell '18 (#18, photo insert upper middle) finished off a good series of passes from Charlie Gruner '17 and Brandon Sousa '16 at the 10-yard line. Cowie-Haskell’s second goal of the season knotted the score, 1-1, at 15:51.
Taking on in-state NESCAC rival Trinity Fri., Sept. 26 in Hartford, the Cardinals broke a 22-22 tie in the first set with three straight points to capture a 25-22 win to get a leg up in the match, but the Bantams responded by taking the next three sets for a 3-1 decision. Wesleyan returned to Hartford Sat., Sept. 27 to take on out-of-conference foe Husson at Trinity. Wesleyan rolled to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) victory against the Eagles. Wesleyan got a team-high nine kills from Naja Lewis '17 (#14, photo) while Sarah Small '18 and Tyla Taylor '18 both chipped in with eight kills apiece in the loss to the Bantams. Claire Larson '15 collected 35 assists in the match. Wesleyan had six blocks as a team with Lewis involved in four of them. Also on defense, Rachel Savage '17 rounded up 17 digs while Taylor paced the squad with 23 more.
Marisa Yang’s '16 (#1, photo) penalty-kick goal with less than three minutes to play broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Wesleyan over Eastern Connecticut Tues., Sept 23. The Cardinals got their first win of the season, and improved to 1-5-1 while Eastern Conn. dropped to 4-3-1 with the loss. Wesleyan now holds a 6-3-3 edge in the overall series. Eastern Conn. opened up play by controlling the ball for the better part of the first half. The Warriors put five shots on net in the first half and their pressure forced two early corners. But Wesleyan started the scoring with a free kick from Katy Hardt '15. Hardt put a free kick from midfield into the box where Tess Daggett-Edenholm '16 was waiting; Daggett-Endenholm controlled the pass with one touch and sent a high shot into the right corner to break the scoreless tie at 31:40.
Getting a pair of TD passes in the second quarter from Jesse Warren '15 (#2, photo lower left), one of 66 yards to Jay Fabien '15 (#80, photo upper left) on a great catch-and-run at 14:04 of the period, and the other of 16-yards to Jon Day '15, who also broke a tackle on his way to the endzone, Wesleyan went on for a 22-14 win at Middlebury Sat., Sept. 20. It was the season opener for both squads. Day's TD came at 9:17, capping a 51-yard, eight-play drive. Fabien's reception was the only play of the scoring drive as Warren lofted a perfect pass about 40 yards down the left side that Fabien caught in stride, then shook a would-be tackler to put Wesleyan ahead, 7-0. Day caught his pass around the 10, broke a tackle and dove for the pylon, putting the Cardinals ahead for good, 13-7.
Matt Lynch '15 (#9, main photo) followed up a shot by Hans Erickson '16 (#15, photo insert upper left) that was saved by the Bates keeper in the 67th minute and fired the rebound into the back of the net to lift the Cardinals past homestanding Bates, 2-1, Sat., Sept. 20. Earlier in the contest, Erickson set Brandon Sousa '16 up for the tying goal in the 18th minute as Sousa's high shot from the left side found the mark. Bates had opened the scoring in the first minute, turning a free kick into a goal with two extra touches. Cardinal keeper Emmett McConnell '15 kept the Bobcats at bay the final 89:27 of the contest to secure the win as he posted one save.
In an evenly played game Sat., Sept. 20 at Bates, the Cardinals made the most of their good scoring chances to put three balls in the net to capture an important 3-0 NESCAC victory. Vanessa Block '15 (#3, right side photo) gave Wesleyan the only goal it would need in the 31st minute, firing a insertion from Lauren Yue '07 on a penalty corner off a Bobcat defender and into the goal for a 1-0 lead. That held up through halftime and well into the second half until Mackey Hemphill '15 gave Wesleyan an insurance goal in the 57th minute, scoring off a rebound for the 2-0 edge