Meeting for the first time, Wesleyan jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead with six different goal scorers, then had five more players join the goal-scoring parade in the second half en route to a 13-4 home victory over Dominican (NY) Thurs., March 28. Wesleyan was back in action Sat,. March 30 with another non-conference game at Babson. The game went Babson's way, 14-9.
Maddy Coulter '14 got things going for Wesleyan vs. Diminican at 25:10 of the first half with a bouncer from the left side. Before the end of the half, Caty Daniels '15, Leah Sherman '15, Abby D'Angelo '14 (#22, left side photo), Lydia Kring '13 and Emily Gretsky '16 all added goals to pad the Cardinals' margin to 6-0.
The Chargers got as close as 7-3 midway through the second half but before Dominican got its final goal with 3:56 left, Wesleyan tacked on three more from Martha Harding '16, Gretsky and Audrey Le '15 to give Wesleyan a 10-3 lead. Hannah Plappert '16 (#19, photo upper right) had opened Wesleyan's second-half scoring to make it 7-1 at 20:43. Her second goal of the game was sandwiched by goals from Isabelle King '16 and Anna Michalowski '15 as the Cardinals picked up the game's final three markers for the 13-4 score.
In the Wesleyan goal, Nina Labovich '16 (#24, photo lower right) recorded six saves. D'Angelo proved to be the Cardinals' top point-getter in the game with a goal and two assists. In total, 13 Cardinals got in on the scoring with a goal or an assist. Wesleyan outshot its visitor by a 32-15 margin.
At Babson, the Beavers pulled away from a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes of play with five straight goals and ended the first half holding a 7-3 lead. Babson added six of the opening seven goals of the second half for a commanding 13-4 lead before the Cardinals netted five of the final six goals in the closing 11 minutes of play. Kayla Ellman '13 led Wesleyan with four goals. Le was the only other Cardinal with a multi-point day, posting a goal and an assist.
Up next for the team was a home Little Three/NESCAC matchup with Amherst Tues., April 2 at 6 p.m. Amherst, ranked 10th nationally, scored the opening eight goals en route to a 9-4 halftime lead. Starting the second half on a 5-0 run, Amherst held a 14-4 lead and went on to capture a 15-6 victory. Wesleyan had a stellar burst over a 39-second period in the first half as Berger netted a goal with 8:15 left in the half. When Kring grabbed the draw, she sent a perfect pass to an open Plappert deep in the Amherst zone, and Plappert depositied a shot into the net at 8:06. Another win on the draw led to another Wesleyan goal 30 second later as Plappert fed Leah Sherman '15 in front at 7:36. Berger scored two of the final three goals for Wesleyan to post her fourth hat trick of the year and up her team-leading goal total to 18. Amherst had a 29-18 margin on shots and Labovich posted seven saves.
Wesleyan traveled to Colby, ranked sixth nationally, Sat., April 6 for its next start. The game was tight through 30 minute as Colby held a 5-2 lead. But the Mules dominated the second period, outscoring the Cardinals, 7-1, to come away with a 12-3 victory. Scoring for Wesleyan was Berger, D'Angelo and Ellman. Berger and Ellman both stand at 95 career points heading into the final five games as Berger leads the team with 19 goals and three assists for 22 points. Ellman has 16 points on 14 goals and two assists. In net, Labovich turned aside 13 Mule shots.
Wesleyan's resumes game mode at Western Conn. Tues., April 9 in its final non-conference affair.