Behind Morgan McCauley's '12 Record-Tying Offense, Field Hockey Equals School Record for Goals in 10-2 Win at ECSU - Falls to #6 Bowdoin, 2-1
With the Cardinals harboring a tenuous 4-2 advantage with 6:30 remaining in the first half after Jamie Thabault '11 netted her first goal of the season, Morgan McCauley '12 (#21, photo by Scott Porter) gave Wesleyan a 5-2 cushion 32 seconds later, then made it a natural hat trick with a pair of goals 4:50 apart early in the second half, propelling the Cards to a 10-2 victory at Eastern Conn. Thurs., Oct. 7. Those three goals raised McCauley's figure in the game to four goals and her point total to nine, both tying school records. The 10 goals by the Cardinals equaled the Wesleyan single-game mark for goals in a game, set in 1997 against Franklin Pierce.
McCauley matched the output of Nicole Smith, who had four goals and one assist to set the Wesleyan record vs. Mount Holyoke in 1995. Beth Shilepsky also had a four-goal game, the only other one by a Cardinal, vs. WNEC in 1992. Thabault finished the game with a goal and three assists for five points while Taryn Murray '13 had a goal and an assist for Wesleyan. Other Wesleyan goal-scorers were Alex Bean '11, Amy Blum '14, Liz Chabot '12 and Blair Ingraham '14.
Wesleyan enjoyed a 29-5 advantage in the shots department. Tori Redding '13 recorded just two saves in a quiet night's work safeguarding the Wesleyan net.
Wesleyan improved to 7-0 all-time vs. Eastern Conn. as the teams first met in 2004. Next for the Cardinals was a pivotal NESCAC matchup at Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 9. The undefeated Polar Bears (7-0, 4-0 NESCAC) are ranked #6 nationally. Wesleyan holds the #16 spot in the nation at 7-1, 3-1 NESCAC. Bowdoin got the beter of it on the field Saturday and came away a 2-1 victor.
After a scoreless opening half, Bowdoin scored twice in a span of 2:34 to take a two-goal lead before the second half was five minutes old.
Wesleyan clawed back into contention with a goal from Ingraham with just over 24 minutes left. Following a Cardinal penalty corner, Chabot centered a pass to Ingraham, who slipped a shot under a diving Bowdoin goalie to make it 2-1. The goal ended a scoreless minute streak of 353:30 dating back to September 18 for the Polar Bears.
Wesleyan resumed its offensive pressure late in the game, but the late Cardinal flurry was swept aside as the Polar Bears clung to victory. Bowdoin held a decided 23-3 edge in shots and 14-4 advantage in corners. Redding finished with a season-high 15 saves in net for Wesleyan.
The Cardinals make another trip to Maine for their next affair, a meeting with Bates Sat., Oct. 16 at noon. The game will feature and audio-only webcast by Bates and can be heard by clicking < here >. It will be the first of two games during which the Cardinals will be Playing for the Cure as the NESCAC once again works to help support the Komen Foundation. Wesleyan also will be Playing for the Cure at home Sun., Oct. 17 while hosting Middlebury at 2 p.m. That game will be video webcast and can be watched by clicking < here >. An article relating to Playing for the Cure is available by clicking < here >.