Despite Overtime Loss at Bates, Cards Clinch First Trip to NESCAC Tournament

Knowing that a win or tie at Bates Sat., Oct. 25 would propel them into the NESCAC tournament for the first time in team history, the Cardinals got a second-half goal from Yuri Hoshino '09 (#7, photo) to even the count at 1-1 and that's the way the score stayed through regulation. After a scoreless first overtime, Bates netted the golden goal just :41 into the second extra frame after an initial shot hit the goal post. The contest featured 53 shots, 25 by Wesleyan and 28 by Bates, but each team only got seven attempts on net. While Wesleyan did not secure the result it was hoping for, it proved inconsequential with respect to the team's NESCAC hopes. Wesleyan still clinched its first trip to the NESCAC playoffs regardless of the results of the team's regular-season finale at home vs. Conn. College Fri, Oct. 31. Before that contest, however, the Cards had planned to visit Eastern Conn. Tues., Oct. 28, but that game was cancelled due to weather. Currently in seventh place in the NESCAC standings, Wesleyan will hold that spot with a victory over the Camels while the Cards could slip to eighth otherwise. Conn has been eliminated from the tournament while the winner of the Bates-Colby matchup Oct. 31 also will make the field while the loser stays home. A tie favors Bates.