Keisuke Yamashita '10 Nets Three Goals in 3:30 to Power Cards Past Springfield - Team Ties Midd
Posting the fourth-fastest hat trick in NCAA Division III history by scoring three straight goals in a span of 3:30 early in the first half at Springfield Wed., Sept. 17, Keisuke Yamashita '10 (#9, photo by Peter Stein '84) gave the Cardinals all the scoring they would need en route to a 3-1 victory. Yamashita opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at 9:48, hit the twine again at 11:13, then closed out the team's scoring at 13:18 off an assist from Ozzie Parente '09 (#10, left background of photo). It was the first time in four years that a Cardinal has picked up three goals in a game. The last to do it was Brandon Smith '08 against Western Conn. Oct. 20, 2004. The fastest hat trick in NCAA Division III was done by Mike Pepe of Ohio Wesleyan in 1992 as he scored three times in just 1:09. In the Wesleyan net, Nick Boskovich '10 got his first start and made four saves while yielding only one second-half goal. Wesleyan faced its toughest test of the early going when it headed to Middlebury Sat., Sept. 20 to take on the defending NCAA Division III champion Panthers. There the Cards scored first on a header by Matt Nevin '09 following Nick Whipple's '10 free kick in the 13th minute. Middlebury came back to tie in the 29th minute and that's the way the game ended after two overtime periods. Keeper Nigel Stacey '11 had a strong game with seven saves including a key stop in overtime. Things did not go quite as well at home vs. Trinity Sat., Sept. 27 as Trinity broke a 1-1 tie in the second half with a pair of goals for a 3-1 victory. Scoring for Wesleyan off a nifty feed from Matt Nevin '09 was Kyle Nuland '09 in the 38th minute. The Cards next game was at home Tues., Sept. 30 vs. Wheaton, ranked 15th nationally in the latest Division III poll. Wesleyan got a Nevin penalty kick in the first half for a 1-0 lead before Wheaton tied it and eventually won the game on a goal 1:33 into sudden-death overtime. It was the seventh straight time the teams have played each other in a game that was decided by no more than a goal. The Cardinals head to Colby Sat., Oct. 4 for a NESCAC contest.