Rachel Stemerman '09 has 90 Saves in Two-Game Series vs. Trinity Including Career-High 54


Izzy Huston '10 got the Cardinals on the board with :32 left in the second period to break up Trinity's shutout as the Bantams took the first game of a two-game NESCAC series in Middletown Sat., Nov. 15, 7-1. The teams met again Sat., Nov. 22, also in Middletown, to complete the NESCAC series. 

Trinity scored four power-play goals in the first contest, taking advantage of eight Wesleyan penalties. Trinity came into the game ranked 12th nationally in Division III but has since moved up to 11th. Trinity scored twice in the first period, both with an extra skater, before running off four straight goals in the second stanza for a 6-0 lead before Huston connected from in close on the left side after a point shot by Julia Cohen '09 got through a crowd to an open Huston. Trinity netted the game's final goal in the third period, also on the power play.

Rachel Stemerman '09 (#1, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotograhy.com) was her usual busy self in the Wesleyan net, turning aside 36 Bantam attempts, several of them in dramatic fashion.

Fog was a bit of a problem during the contest as warm outside temperatures combined with high humidity made visibility on the ice a but more difficult than usual. Viewing from the stands was slightly impaired as the glass around the rink was covered with moisture most of the time.

Conditions were more conducive for hockey when the teams met for the second time. Stemerman posted a career-high 54 stops but it wasn't enough to prevent the Bantams from skating off with a 4-0 triumph. Stemerman's previous high game came in the opening game of her college career, also against Trinity, when she recorded 53 saves.

The going didn't get any easier for the Cardinals as their next contest Tues., Nov. 25 at home was against Neumann College, a team which came into the game ranked 11th nationally in Division III (Trinity had moved up to 10th). Neumann scored on its first four power plays in building up a 6-0 lead after two periods, and went on to claim a 10-0 victory. Danie Leahy '12 got an opportunity to cover the Cardinal net over the final 36 minutes and produced 20 saves while Stemerman had 13 during the initial 24 minutes.

The team gets back to NESCAC action Sat., Nov. 29, hosting Little Three rival Williams, followed by a visit from the top-ranked team in Division III, Middlebury, Sun., Nov. 30.