With her first goal of the season coming off a corner situation, Averill Roberto '13 (#20, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) spotted the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first half and Jess Hanway '15 (#14, photo insert lower right) added a second-half tally to carry Wesleyan to an important NESCAC win in the first-ever meeting between Wesleyan and Hamilton Sun., Sept. 25. The Cardinals weer off until Sat., Oct. 1 when they visited Middlebury for another NESCAC affair. There, the Panthers prevailed, 6-1. Ahead is a home game vs. Colby, Sun., Oct. 2.
Taylor Wells '14 and Liz Chabot '12 got the assists on Roberto's goal as the three combined to convert on a penalty corner opportunity with :59 left in the first half. Chabot handled the insertion, getting the ball to Wells, who fired a shot at goal which Roberto redirected in front into the net. Wesleyan had 10 corners during the first half and 16 in the game to just seven by Hamilton. Total shots favored the Cardinals, 19-9, with a resounding 13-3 edge in the first half alone.
Hanway added an unassisted goal just 4:24 into the second half for the 2-0 margin, pouncing on a rebound of her own shot and finding paydirt with the second try. The teams went on to play a very even second half with six shots apiece and six Cardinal corner to five by the Continentals.
In goal, Tori Redding '13 came through with four saves for the shutout, her second of the season.
Redding faced 20 shots on goal at Middlebury and the Panthers, ranked 12th nationally, netted a resounding six goals, the most allowed by Redding during her career. Wesleyan's goal in the 6-1 setback came from Morgan McCauley '12 off a penalty corner set up by Taylor Wells '14 with 8:11 to go in the first half. For McCauley, it was her third goal of the season and cut the margin to 2-1 at the time, but four Panther goals in the second half behind a 18-3 shot differential turned the outcome decidedly in favor of the home squad. Middlebury is now 25-3-1 all-time vs. Wesleyan and captured its 12th consecutive triumph over the Cardinals.