In a series that favors Wesleyan by a 20-12 margin, Wesleyan and Bates have been extremely streaky in gaining their wins. Ten of the Bobcats 12 victories have come during three streaks of three or more wins, including the current one of three games following a 7-5 triumph in Lewiston, Me. Sat., March 16. It was the third straight year Wesleyan faced Bates with a national ranking, this time 17th, only to fall to the unranked Bobcats.
Before the current Bates streak, Wesleyan has reeled off four in a row and has had earlier streaks of four, six and five triumphs. Only twice during the 32-game series have the teams alternated with a pair of wins sandwiching a loss by either squad.
David Murphy '15 (#15, right side photo) and Quetin DellaFera '15 (#12, left side photo) each had a goal and an assist, but Wesleyan fell behind, 4-0, before the game was 10 minutes old and never got closer than two the rest of the way. Goals by Matt Prezioso '15 and Aidan Daniell '14 cut the difference in half by intermission. Bates got the only marker of the third period, making it a 5-2 game heading into the final 15 minutes.
As they had done in the first period, the team's combined for five goals in the fourth quarter. Three of them went Wesleyan's way off the sticks of Murphy, Nate Ryan '15 and DellaFera, with the final goal coming at the 3:29 mark. A hot Bates goalie, with 12 saves on 17 shots on net, kept the Cardinals from doing more damage. Bates connected on seven of 11 shots on net as Cardinal keeper Mark Simmons '14 posted four saves.
Wesleyan outshot Bates overall, 39-23, and had 19 turnovers to 27 by the Bobcats, but Bates had 10 more ground balls, a majority of those coming from its 11-5 edge in faceoffs.
Ahead for the Cardinals is a home non-conference contest vs. SUNY Maritime Wed., March 20.