Cardinal Weekly Update


4/6/15 through 4/12/15

Evan Bieder ’15 was named NESCAC men’s track & field Performer of the Week by winning the 5000m race at the Silfen Invitational at Conn. College in a time of 14:41.71, the fastest time among ECAC Division III teams so far this year and 20th nationally. The Cardinals had six top finishes during the meet on their way to third place as a team. LaDarius Drew ’15 won both the 100m (:10.98) and 200m (:27.47), while Agbon Edomwonyi ’16 captured both the shot put and hammer. Wesleyan also had the fastest time in the 4x100m relay.

Softball went 3-1 over the week, as lefty Julie McDonald ’18 beat both Western New England and Trinity during her two starts, logging complete-game wins in both. She allowed 11 hits over 14 innings and just three runs with 20 strikeouts. At the plate, Rielly Wieners ’17 had a .375 average, a .583 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage, as two of her hits were doubles and one was a homer. Amanda Roosa ’16 hit .429 with a .636 on-base percentage, as she walked four times and stole two bases. Against WNE, Su Pardo ’16 had a no-hitter going through six innings before the Golden Bears got a pair of safeties, including a homer, to win the game in the 7th.

Women’s track & field had 23 place-taking efforts during the Silfen Invitational at Conn. College, as four Cardinals grabbed first place, leading the team to a third-place finish. Ellie Martin ’16 won the 400m (:58.29), while Kiley Kennedy ’16 set a school record in the pole vault (10-8 3/4) with her victory. Alexis Walker ’16 nailed down a win in the long jump (17-9) and the 4x400m relay squad hit the tape ahead of the field. Also setting a school record with an 11:31.74 clocking for third place in the 3000m steeple chase was Christina Hebner '17.

Women’s tennis defeated Tufts for just the second time in 11 all-time meetings, and the first time in 15 years. Winning in both singles and doubles were #1 Eudice Chong ’18 and #3 Aashli Budhiraja ’18. Chong was the Cardinals’ lone victor against top-ranked nationally Williams, capturing her singles affair, 6-4, 6-1, to run her record this year to 9-0.

With Nate Ryan ’15 scoring a natural hat trick in a span of 5:15 between the second and third periods, men’s lacrosse recovered from an early 3-0 deficit vs. Williams to pick up a critical NESCAC victory and radically improve the Cardinals' chances for a home first-round post-season contest. Ryan ended the game with four goals. In a solid triumph against Trinity, it was Matt Prezioso ’15 and David Murphy ’15 who pumped in four goals apiece to lead the attack.

Men’s tennis got wins two wins from Steven Chen '18, at #2 singles and doubles, and had three other singles matches go down to the wire, as well as a double match go to a tie-breaker in a tight loss to 14th-ranked nationally Williams.

Baseball went 2-1 in three close, low-scoring games. Sam Elias ’15 picked up a save in each win, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and no runs with five strikeouts, including striking out the side in the 9th inning to lock up the win over Western Conn. Back-to-back doubles by Sam Goodwin-Boyd ’15 and Jon Dennett ’15 provided the winning and insurance runs in the 8th inning. Goodwin-Boyd and Dennett also had key action at the plate in a win over Bowdoin, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and a single, respectively. Gavin Pittore ’16 suffered a tough loss, as he carried a no-hitter into the last inning, but two hits and a hit batter turned into the game's only run for Bowdoin.

Meredith Smith ’17 scored three straight goals for women’s lacrosse in the early going to keep the game close at Trinity, but a 5-1 Bantam run in the middle of the game put the game out of reach. Becca Phillips ’17 had two goals and an assist as the top scorer for the Cardinals in a loss to Williams. The game was tied, 7-7, with 19 minutes left but the Ephs finished on a 6-1 streak.

Men’s crew split a pair of dual races on the Malden River, falling to Bates by a :05.3 margin before rolling past New Hampshire by 21 seconds.

Women's crew came out on the short end of two dual races on the Malden River, falling to Tufts by a 4.3-second margin and to Bates by a 4.2-second gap.

WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS – There will only be four contests with live coverage in addition to the usual coverage all softball games have this season with GameChanger livestats. On Tues., April 14, the home baseball game vs. Salve Regina at 4 p.m. will have both LiveStats and a webcast. On Fri., April 17, the baseball game at Middlebury starting at 4 p.m. will have LiveStats. On Sat., April 18, both lacrosse game against Bowdoin, the women at home at noon and the men on the road at 1 p.m., will be webcast. The men's game will also have LiveStats. The link to connect to GameChanger is on the top of the softball home page. As always, links for all the games are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Follow the Cardinals Live," then "Webcasts/LiveStats."


BASEBALL (14-5, 3-0 NESCAC West): RECAP – Western Conn., 4-2 W. (4/8); Bowdoin, 0-1 (7 inns.)/3-2 (9 inns.) L./W. (4/11). UPCOMING — 4/14 Salve Regina; 4/17 at Middlebury; 4/18 at Middlebury (DH).

MEN’S CREW (2-1): RECAP – in Malden, Mass – Bates (no time), Wesleyan +:05.3 L.; Wesleyan 6:31.4, New Hampshire 6:52.6 W. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/18 Williams in Kent, CT

WOMEN’S CREW (1-2): RECAP – In Malden, Mass. - Tufts 6:59.1, Wesleyan 7:03.4 L.; Bates 7:08.0, Wesleyan 7:12.2 L. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/18 Williams in Kent, CT

GOLF (2-61 overall from fall, 0-0 spring): RECAP - No action. UPCOMING – 4/18–19 Trinity Invitational.

MEN’S LACROSSE (8-5, 5-3 NESCAC): RECAP – Trinity, 13-7 W. (4/7); Williams, 9-8 W. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/18 at Bowdoin.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (4-9, 0-8 NESCAC): RECAP – at Trinity, 7-12 L. (4/7); at Williams, 8-13 L. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/18 Bowdoin.

SOFTBALL (12-11, 2-3 NESCAC West): RECAP – at Western New England, 3-1/1-3 W./L. (4/9); Trinity, 3-2/9-1 (5 inns.) W./W. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/15 Eastern Conn. (DH); 4/17 Williams; 4/18 Williams (DH).

MEN’S TENNIS (3-6 overall, 3-6 spring): RECAP – Williams, 3-6 L. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/115 at Trinity; 4/19 Amherst.

WOMEN’S TENNIS (8-2 overall, 6-2 spring): RECAP – at Tufts, 5-4 W. (4/8); Williams, 1-8 L. (4/11). UPCOMING – 4/19 Amherst.

MEN’S (20-3) & WOMEN’S (21-3) TRACK & FIELD: RECAP – Silfen Invitational at Conn. College - Men, 3rd of 14 scoring teams; Women, 3rd of 14 scoring teams (4/10-11). UPCOMING – 4/18 Men & Women in Elmer Swanson Invitational at Wesleyan.