Playing host UMass Boston in the opening round of the Cod Fish Bowl Mon., Jan. 2, the Cardinals and Beacons locked up in a defensive struggle, but a second-period marker by UMB proved to be enough for the win, and an empty-net goal with just 24 seconds left made it a 2-0 final for the Beacons. Wesleyan took on Sacred Heart, which fell to Bowdoin in its first-round game, 7-2, in the consolation game Tues., Jan. 3. UMB and Bowdoin squared off in the title game. Sacred Heart defeated Wesleyan for thr third time in the Cardinals' last four games, winning 4-1. Bowdoin took the tournament crown with a 2-1 OT decision.
Corvi stopped 12 UMass Boston blasts in the opening period on her way to a 31-save effort to keep the game a scoreless tie, but the Beacons broke through five minutes into the second stanza for the 1-0 lead. Wesleyan had its strongest offensive effort in the second period, generating 10 of its 18 shots for the game during the middle stanza. The teams entered the final minute of the game still separated by a lone goal when Corvi was lifted for an extra skater. UMB took advantage of the empty net to deposit the insurance marker at 19:36.
This was just the fifth all-time meeting between the teams with UMB holding a 4-1 edge.
Sacred Heart moved out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and the score remained unchaged into the third period. Wesleyan got on the board first in the final stanza as Jordan Schildhaus '15 tied for the team lead in goals with her fifth of the season, netting a power-play marker with assistance from Rebecca Snelling '12 and Becca Koppel '13. Schildhaus was Wesleyan's representative on the all-tournament team. But the Pioneers responded with a short-handed goal less than a minute later for a 3-1 edge and finished off the scoring at 9:46 for the 4-1 final. Wesleyan held a 42-39 margin in shots as Corvi registered 35 saves, nearly half of them coming in the second period as she stopped all 17 Sacred Heart attempts in the middle period.
Wesleyan returned to NESCAC play the weekend of Fri. and Sat., Jan. 6-7, hosting undefeated Middlebury, ranked fourth nationally, in a pair of outings. The first game went the Panthers' way, 8-1, as Corvi made 52 stops. Snelling posted the Cardinals' goal in the third perod, averting the shutout as Jill Reynolds '12 and Kelsey Muller '14 had assists. Shots favored the visitiors decidedly, 60-8.
In the second meeting, shots were not quite as lopsided with Middlebury holding a 41-10 margin en route to an 8-0 win with three goals in the first, three in the second and two in the third period. Corvi has=d 25 stops while playing the first two periods while Nicole Bonneau '13 covered the pipes in the third frame, making eight stops.
The Cardinals have a non-conference home game ahead, Tues., Jan. 10, vs. Salve Regina.