Wesleyan Takes #3 Middlebury Down to the Wire But Falls in NESCAC Matchup, 10-9
Staying right with 13-time NCAA qualifier and five-time national champion Middlebury the whole way, Wesleyan nearly kept its undefeated home record intact but came up one goal short in the 10-9 decision Sat., April 21. Middlebury came in ranked #3 nationally while the Cardinals held the #13 spot, and demonstrated outstanding resilience in coming back from a three-goal deficit midway through the second half to tie with five minutes to play. Scoring the three goals that forged a 9-9 deadlock for Wesleyan were Elena Parasco '10, her second of the game ; Sarah Orkin '09 (#21, right in photo), who completed her hat trick ; and Jade Scott '09, who finished up a run from her defensive spot by circling the Panther net and firing in the tying goal with 5:06 remaining. Middlebury forced a Wesleyan turnover after the Cardinals got the draw and went ahead at the 4:02 mark and made it stand up. Wesleyan had a couple of chances down the stretch but couldn't put home the equalizer. In goal, Rachel Stemerman '09 had 11 saves. Wesleyan completes the regular season at Bates Sat., April 28 to determined its position in the NESCAC playoffs which begin on Sun., April 29. By virtue of Bowdoin's victory over Bates April 24, the Cardinals have clinched a NESCAC tournament spot and could be anywhere from the #3 seed to the #7 seed. In the latest national poll (week of 4/23), the Cardinals have climbed to #10 and are fourth among the nine NESCAC teams in the top-20.