Holding a tenuous 6-5 lead early in the third period, the Cardinals went on a 7-0 run over a stretch of 16 minutes to pull ahead by a 13-5 margin, then settle for a 13-8 margin of victory over Salve Regina in the team's season-opener Sat., March 5.
Max Landow '12 (#15, main photo), who had picked up four assists on the Cardinals' first eight goals, fashioned a natural hat trick in a span of just 5:53 to bump the difference to 12-5 early in the final period. Teddy Citrin '12 (#20, photo insert lower right) polished off the run with his fourth goal of the contest with 9:23 remaining.
Also adding a hat trick for Wesleyan in his first game as a Cardinal was Casey Lasda '13, who transferred from UMBC this year.
The Cardinals faced a 2-1 deficit nine minutes into the game before Citrin tied the score with 5:26 left in the first period. That ignited a 5-0 Wesleyan run which Citrin capped at the 2:52 mark of the second period, leading Wesleyan to a 6-2 bulge at halftime. Salve netted the opening three goals of the third period in a span of just 2:52, pulling within a goal at 6-5. But the next 16 minutes were all Wesleyan as the Cardinals enjoyed a 51-33 edge in total shots.
Grant Covington '12 minded the Wesleyan net for 50 minutes, making six stops while allowing five goals. JD Deitrich '13 handled the last 10 minutes, yielding three goals with two stops.
Wesleyan, which plays seven of its initial eight games on the road, heads to N.Y. Maritime Wed., March 9 for its next start.
(photos by Tony Pratt P'10)