Max Landow '12 (#15, photo) picked up a hat trick and added three assists, giving him a hand in six of the Cardinals' seven goals as Wesleyan erased a 3-0 deficit and went on for a 7-6 NESCAC win at Bowdoin Sat., March 12. Wesleyan improved to 4-0 on the year after knocking off SUNY Farmingdale Wed., March 16 on the road, 15-9. The Cardinals play their home opener Sat., March 19 against Middlebury, ranked #5 nationally. That game will be carried as a webcast and can be watched starting at 2 pm by clicking < here >.
Trailing 3-0 after the first period at Bowdoin, Wesleyan netted three in a row over the opening 7:11 of the second quarter to even the count at 3-3. Conor Malangone '11 (from Landow), Teddy Citrin '12 with the only goal not to feature Landow, and then Landow himself cashed in tie the score. Though Bowdoin regained the lead 22 seconds later, it lasted less than five minutes as Landow set up Aidan Daniell '14 for his first collegiate goal, sending the game into halftime deadlocked at 4-4.
Wesleyan had both goals scored in the third period, coming off the sticks of Malangone and Landow, for a 6-4 edge heading into the final 15 minutes. Bowdoin, tied for 18th in the country in the latest USILA Diviskon III poll, twice cut the difference to a goal, the second time with only :35 to go. Landow's third goal of the game, coming unassisted with 1:35 left, proved to be the difference in the final score. Bowdoin had a final possession but Wesleyan's defense, led by the stellar play of LSM Gabe Kelley '11 and defenders Mike Robinson '13, Matt Meade '12 and Lex Johnson '13, limited Bowdoin to 25 total shots while Wesleyan fired 45 shots at the Polar Bear cage, as the attack complemented the defense.
In the Cardinal net, Grant Covington '12 came up with nine stops.
Wesleyan got off to a quick start at Farmingdale, scoring four goals in the opening 5:28 and finishing the first period with a 6-1 lead. Wesleyan also outscored the Rams, 6-1, in the third frame, but not before Farmingdale narrowed the margin to just 6-5 at halftime. Wesleyan carried its 12-6 lead into the final stanza and the teams split six goals in the fourth quarter for the 15-9 end result.
John Froats led a group of nine Cardinals to register at least one goal during the game as he netted three, two of them just 43 second apart early in the contest. Five of the other eight goal scorers also had an assist as DJ Bernatavitz '12, Landow and Graham Gnall '11 all finished with two goals and an assist. Aidan Daniell '14 and Graham Macnab added a goal and an assist in the balance day on attack.
Covington had nine saves while yielding eight goals in 53:14 of work in the net, and picked up four ground balls and caused three Ram turnovers. JD Dieterich '13 made three stops during his 6:46 in goal, allowing the last tally.
(photo by Matt Vita P'13)