Cards Wins High-Scoring Affair in Fla., Downing Ohio Wesleyan, 19-12, but Fall to #1 F&M, 17-9

In the first of two games in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wed., March 12, Wesleyan tallied 19 goals for its highest scoring output in 20 games. Leading the way for the Cardinals in the 19-12 victory over Ohio Wesleyan with six goals was Sarah Orkin '09 (#21, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.,com). Sophia Kim '08 added four goals while three others had a pair each. The Cardinals pulled away late in the first half, using the thrust to score nine of 11 goals between the final 12 minutes of period one and the opening 10 minutes of period two, helping stretch the team's 12-6 halftime lead into a 15-8 margin in the second period. The teams split the final eight tallies. Rachel Stemerman '09 came on to cover the net for the final 39 minutes and turned aside six shots while allowing the final six goals. Wesleyan remained in Florida for the better part of a week before playing its second and final game Mon., March 17. The opponent was defending NCAA Division III champion and current top-ranked Franklin & Marshall. In the latest IWLCA national ranking, Wesleyan was tied for 16th. Wesleyan and F&M were deadlocked at 5-5 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half before the Diplomats went on an eight-goal run, scoring the final five goals of the first half and the opening three goals of the second period. From there, the teams played even for the final 16:28 to a 17-9 final score. Jess Chukwu '11 had three of the Cardinals' goals in the first half while Allie Lynch '11 netted a pair and Kim had a three-point game with a goal and two assists. Wesleyan had its game at Wheaton Thurs., March 20 postponed due to wet grounds. Thus, the team will get back to NESCAC action for its next game Sat., March 22, hosting Tufts in a game to be webcast. Details for watching are on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."