Breen McDonald '10 Named NESCAC Co-POW with Career-High 18 Saves vs. Bowdoin
Facing defending NCAA Division III champion Bowdoin at home Sat., Sept 13, Wesleyan withstood tremendous pressure throughout the contest as the Polar Bears outshot their host 36-0 and took 25 penalty corners to none for the Cardinals. But goalie Breen McDonald '10 (#65, photo courtesy of Scott Porter) was on top of her game, making a career-high 18 saves and getting extra support for the defense with four defensive saves, three of those by Alexa David '10. But Bowdoin broke through for the game's lone goal with just 13 seconds to play and captured the 1-0 victory for its 24th consecutive win over the last two seasons. So dominant are the Polar Bears that they have yielded just six goals over those 24 games with 17 shutout wins on their last 18 regular-season starts. Wesleyan used the prosperity of this close loss on the scoreboard to carry it to its first win of the year, 3-1, when the team took on Salve Regina at home Tues., Sept. 16. Both David and Hailey Sarage '09 picked up a goal and an assist to pace the attack while Jamie Thabault '11 had the other goal as Wesleyan built a 3-0 lead early in the second half. McDonald only faced three shots with two saves as the Cardinals controlled the game with a 27-3 shot differential. Wesleyan faced its third top-12 team among its opening four contest when it traveled to fifth-ranked Middlebury Sat., Sept. 20. There the Panthers struck for four first-half goals and cruised to their ninth consecutive victory over Wesleyan, 6-1. Lila Creighton '11 was the lone goal-scorer for the Cards. Then the team was on the road again for its next outing, heading to Wellesley Wed., Sept. 24. The defense was back to the standard of the Bowdoin contest, holding Wellesley off the board until just 8:57 remained in the game despite a 22-10 shot deficit. Wesleyan could not crack into the scoring column and the game ended 1-0 in Wellesley's favor. McDonald chalked up nine more saves. Facing their fourth top-20 opponent this season when Trinity came to Middletown Sat., Sept. 27, the Cards again excelled on "D", holding Trinity, which came in averaging more than five goals a game, scoreless through regulation as McDonald needed to make only two saves. But the Bantams, ranked 18th in the country, scored 1:29 into overtime to end Wesleyan's five-game home winning streak over Trinity. Wesleyan then dropped its third straight 1-0 contest, this time to Wheaton Tues., Oct. 30. It's up to Colby Sat., Oct. 4 for the team's next game.