Getting first-half markers from Liz Chabot '12 and Amber Bruckner '14, and adding a second-half tally from Averill Roberto '13 (#20, main photo), the Cardinals conquered Wellesley, 3-0, Wed., Sept. 22, to get to 5-0 on the year, its first undefeated start through five contests since a 4-0-1 start to the 1980 campaign. Wesleyan went 8-0-3 in 1980. The 1978 squad also opened 5-0 en route to a 10-1 season.
The Cardinals, ranked #20 nationally by the NFHCA as of Sept 28, then took #2 ranked Tufts into overtime before falling by a 2-1 count in its sixth game of the season Sat., Sept. 25. In that game, the Cardinals were outplayed statistically as Tufts produced 19 shots to Wesleyan's eight, but keeper Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo insert upper right) kept her squad in the contest with a 12-save effort. Neither team scored in the first half but Tufts rang the bell five minutes into the second period. Wesleyan answered with a Taryn Murray '13 goal in the 50th minute as she tipped in an initial shot by Jamie Thabault '11. Redding made two saves in overtime but on the third shot on goal, the Jumbos cashed in for the winner 7:54 into the first extra period.
Against Wellesley, Redding turned aside six Wellesley scoring bids to post her second shutout of the year and fifth in her career. Wesleyan used a 28-12 margin in shots to control the tempo of the game. Wesleyan also earned 19 penalty corner to just three by the host.
Chabot, named to the womensfieldhockey.com weekly honor roll for her effort during the Cardinals' 3-0 performance during the week of Sept. 13-19, scored her team-leading fifth goal as she deflected in a rebound of a Roberto shot in the 17th minute to give Wesleyan the lead for good. Eleven minutes later, Bruckner had her first career goal off a scramble in front of the net which Morgan McCauley '12 got a poke on to get it onto Bruckner's stick. Roberto's marker came in the 58th minute on a strong individual spin move past a Wellesley defender, giving her a three-point game.
Six NESCAC squads grace the latest NFHCA poll with Tufts, a team that reached the NCAA Final Four in 2009, as the highest regarded squad at #2, followed by Bowdoin at #6 and Middlebury at #13. The Cardinals next opponent, Trinity, sits in 17th place with Amherst 18th and Wesleyan 20th. Wesleyan takes on Trinity Sat., Oct. 2. In addition to its national ranking by the NFHCA, Wesleyan cracked the top-20 on the weekly womensfieldhockey.com poll a week ago and has climbed to #14 this week.
(photos by Logan Porter)