Four Goals Each by Charlotte Hastings '10 & Maggie Lile '11 Help Cards End Drought vs. Amherst, 12-5
With Charlotte Hastings '10 (#1, main photo) and Maggie Lile '11 (#34, photo insert lower left) scoring four goals apiece, Wesleyan defeated Little Three rival Amherst, 12-5, Sat., April 11 for the first time since 1994. The win ended an 18-game skid for the Cardinals vs. the Lord Jeffs. Wesleyan last knocked off Amherst on April 23, 1994 by an 11-8 count. Since then, Amherst had rattled off 18 in a row including a pair of one-goal games last year, 9-8 in overtime during the regular season and 8-7 in the NESCAC tournament.
Wesleyan never trailed in the game April 11 as the contest was played in a steady rain with raw conditions. A pair of 4-0 burst by the Cardinals gave the home team a 6-2 lead at the 23:47 mark of the second half and a 10-3 advantage with 11:09 remaining. Thus, Wesleyan scored eight of nine goals after the score was tied 2-2 midway through the first half. Wesleyan and Amherst traded goals in the final nine minutes for the 12-5 final. Jess Chukwu '11 started the first four-goal Wesleyan burst with a free-position goal at 8:26 of the first half. Hastings netted her first goal of the contest on a strong run to net with 6:49 to go before intermission for a 4-2 Wesleyan lead after 30 minutes. Goals by Hastings and Allie Lynch '11 to open the second period spotted Wesleyan a 6-2 margin. Amherst ended the Wesleyan run at 19:36 to make it 6-3 but the Cardinals responded with four goals in a span of 6:47 for a 10-3 bulge. Lile and Hastings both finished their four-goal days by countering Amherst goals down the stretch.
Hastings, who also had an assist for Wesleyan, is tied with Erin McCarthy '10 for the team leadership in points as each has 25 with McCarthy leading in goals with 21 as she scored once vs. Amherst. Lile is second on the team in goals with 20 and Hastings has 19.
In the Wesleyan net, Abby Sedney '10 (#24, photo insert lower right) got her first start of the year and took advantage by making eight saves. She improved to 3-0 during her six career starts through that game.
Things changed at Williams Saturday, April 18 as Wesleyan had a chance to lock up an outright Little Three title for the first time since 1982 because Amherst had defeated Williams this season. What happened was a 17-9 Eph victory, resulting in a three-way tie for the first time since 1983.
Wesleyan had a promising start at Williams, racing out to a 4-1 lead on goals by Hastings, Laurel Sticklor '09, Lile and McCarthy. The lead stood at 5-3 with 11:50 remaining in the first half. But the Ephs netted the final three goals of the period for a 6-5 halftime lead, then added the opening three goals of the second half for a 9-5 margin. The Cardinals got no closer than three the rest of the way as Williams pulled away. Hastings, Lile and Clare Smith '10 each had a pair of goals in the contest.
The regular season ends on the road at Conn. College Fri., April 24. There a loss would damage Wesleyan chances of qualifying for the NESCAC tournament Sun., April 26 while a win would improve the likelihood of extending the season into the playoffs.
(action photos courtesy of ChiaraBest.com)