With a Scoreless Tie at Amherst, Cards Clinch Home Game in NESCAC Tourney in 1st Round
Adam Purdy '09 (#30, photo) posted six saves to give Wesleyan its school-record ninth shutout of the year as well as his eighth personally to help the Cardinals come away from Amherst with a 0-0 tie Sat., Oct. 24. Wesleyan extended its school-record unbeaten streak to 13 games at 9-0-4, eclipsing the 12-game steak of the 2006 Cardinals while also breaking the tie with the 1980 squad which had eight shutouts during its 12-2 campaign. Wesleyan has yielded just five goals all season.
Wesleyan's tie at Amherst allowed Williams to claim an outright Little Three crown with its 1-0-1 mark to Wesleyan's 0-0-2 and Amherst 0-1-1. Wesleyan is now tied with Williams for the top spot in the NESCAC standings but Williams controls the tie-breaker for the top seed if both teams win their final game. Wesleyan closes out the regular season with a trip to Conn. College Fri., Oct. 30 while Williams will be at Middlebury for its final game the same day. Wesleyan can be seeded no worse than third when the NESCAC playoffs begin Sun., Nov. 1.
Back at Amherst, Purdy and the Cardinals survived a vicious second-half onslaught of shots by the Lord Jeffs, who used an 11-2 margin during the frame to threaten to break the deadlock. Wesleyan held a 6-4 edge in the opening 45 minutes. Each team managed two shots during the overtime periods.
Wesleyan expects to remain in the to spot among New England Division III squads as well as maintaining a top-10 position nationally after holding the top spot regionally the last two weeks and attaining a top-10 ranking of #5 this week after debuting at #6 a week earlier. Wesleyan is also ranked among the top-10 nationally for goals-against average (0.36) and save percentage (.921).