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Alex Bean '11 Nets Second Career Goal But Cards Have Little Luck in Season Opener at Tufts

Alex Bean '11

Opening their season on the road at Tufts in a NESCAC matchup Sat., Sept. 6, the Cardinals came away with a 10-1 loss as the Jumbos, ranked 16th in the latest Division III poll, flexed their muscles for a team-record goal output. It was also the first time since 1985 that Tufts managed to score more than three goals against a Wesleyan squad. But a substantial 35-5 edge in shots helped Tufts make short work of the contest as the host led 3-0 before the game was 10 minutes old and pushed the margin to 7-1 at intermission. The lone Cardinal goal came off the stick of Alex Bean '11 (#17, photo), her second career goal. Hailey Sarage '09 got the assist. That made the score 5-1 at the time but Tufts finished the game on a 5-0 run for the final margin. Playing just over 51 minutes in the net, Breen McDonald '10 turned aside 16 shots and allowed seven goals while Danie Leahy '12 had three stops in her 18-plus minutes in goal. Wesleyan will need to regroup quickly for its next encounter, another NESCAC contest with Bowdoin Sat., Sept. 13 in Middletown. Bowdoin went 20-0 last year on its way to a first-ever Division III national title.