Kayla Ellman '13 Picks up Career-High Five-Point Game but Host Williams Pulls Away in Second Half for 19-16 Win
Looking to snap a 15-game road losing streak against its Little Three rival Williams during their 2011 meeting in Williamstown Sat., April 16, the Cardinals hung right with the Ephs though 39 minutes of play as the scored stood tied, 11-11. But a decisive six-goal burst by the homestanders over a span of 7:33 turned the result in Williams' favor as the Ephs seized a 17-11 edge with 13:16 to play and Wesleyan got no closer than the final score, 19-16.
The Cardinals did net five of the last six goals, two of those by Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, photo) as she tied a career high for goals in a game with four but added an assist to make it a career-best five-point afternoon. Hillary Cook '14 also posted a career-best output with a hat trick while Allie Lynch '11 turned in a five-point performance with a goal and four assists, upping her career assist figure to 97. No other player in school history has accumulated more than 59 assists.
Three other Cardinals were good for a pair of goals apiece - Liz Chabot '12, Lydia Kring '13 and Jess Chukwu '11. For Chukwu, the two tallies improved her career goal scoring to 97 as she seeks to join just five other Cardinals who has amassed 100 goals.
The game at Williams was one of constant catch-up for the Cardinals as they erased several sizeable differentials before Williams pulled away for good. Wesleyan trailed, 5-1, 6:23 into the game, but rallied to make it 5-5 13 minutes later on goals by Ellman, Chabot, Kaylin Berger '13 and Cook. The Ephs scored the next three goals for an 8-5 lead. Kring's free-position goal three minutes into the second half produced another tie, 9-9. Each team then scored two in a row, first Williams, then Wesleyan, as the Cardinals never led in the contest. The 11-11 deadlock proved to be the final tie.
Wesleyan will play its final home game of the season Sat., April 23, facing Little Three foe Amherst in a game slated for a webcast. The game can be viewed by clicking < here >. Before that, however, Weseyan will conclude its non-conference schedule with a home game against Mount Holyoke Tues., April 19.