Improvement Shown in 2006 Leaves Cardinals Full of High Hopes as 2007 Season Approaches

Getting off to the team's best start in 11 years with a 5-4 mark after nine games in 2006, Wesleyan ended the year 5-8-1 and claimed three NESCAC wins for the first time in team history. With 19 returning letterwinners and nine talented first-year players expected to join the ranks, Wesleyan has every reason to expect more good things in 2007. Defense was the area of greatest improvement last year as the team yielded two goals or less in 12 of 14 games while posting five shutouts. The team's goals-against average was a respectable 1.32 after sitting between two and three goals a game each of the last eight years. Keeper Gavi Elkind '09 was a major factor in the move forward with a 1.29 GAA and .841 save percentage. Team tri-captains Laura Fine 08 (#17, photo insert upper right), Becca Feiden '08 (#14, photo insert lower left) and Marcia Whitehead '08 (#22, main photo) will be joined by returning starters Sam Blank '09, Marisa Trevisan '09, Beth Kenworthy '10, Taylor Stevenson '10 and Sarah Orkin '09. Seasoned veterans Nicole Gray '08, Kylie Eyre '08 and Elena Bertocci '09 as well as Ingrid Parl '10, Alisha Neptune '10, Elise Kay '10 and Emma Burrows '10 make the Cardinals talented and deep. Several of the newcomers are expected to make immediate impacts on the team's fortune, especially in the scoring department. The team's opener will be a tough one as Williams come to Middletown Sat., Sept. 8. The Ephs are coming off an 8-3-3 mark in 2006.