Wesleyan Drops NESCAC Decision to No. 15 Williams

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Sat., April 17, 2010) -- Williams College, behind the solid goaltending of 2009 first-team all-NESCAC keeper junior Julia Schreiber and the potent scoring of senior Whitney Thayer and sophomore Margie Fulton, last year's NESCAC Rookie of the Year, posted a 13-7 victory at Wesleyan here today to lock up its first outright Little Three title since 2000.

Last year, Williams, Wesleyan and Amherst shared the crown with 1-1 records, ending Amherst's eight-year run as outright winner. Earlier this year, Williams ended its nine-year regular-season losing skid to Amherst with a 9-8 triumph.

Schreiber turned aside 13 Wesleyan scoring bids while allowing just five goals in her 53 minutes of work. It proved to be the difference in the game as Wesleyan put 24 of its 31 shots on goal while Williams hit the net with 21 of 29 attempts. Wesleyan netminder sophomore Maggie Drowica made eight saves. Williams put backup sophomore Kate Foley in goal for the final seven minutes and she made four stops with two goals allowed.

Williams rattled off seven unanswered goals in a span of 14:16 during the first half, erasing an early 1-0 deficit for a 7-1 edge. Thayer, who finished the game with four goals, had a hat trick during the decisive burst while upping her season total to 21 goals.

Fulton had the first of her three goals in the contest to make it a 4-1 game as she closed out the game with three goals and two assists, bringing her season scoring to 17-7-24. The Ephs top goal-getter, freshman Sam Weinstein, netted a pair to give her 27 on the season. Both sophomore Kaitlin Ellis and Meera Sivalingam chipped in with three assists as Ellis paces the Ephs with 18 in 2010.

Wesleyan got no closer than five goals after Williams opened up its 7-1 lead. It was 8-3 shortly before intermission as junior Allie Lynch picked up the third of her four assists in the game, setting up freshman Averill Roberto for her first career goal. Fulton ended the scoring for the half with a tally off a Sivalingam feed just before the final horn to make it 9-3.

Williams led by as many as nine during the second half, 12-3 and 13-4, before the Cardinals scored the final three goals. Senior Erin McCarthy and freshman Catherine Taibi each had a pair to lead Wesleyan in that department. With her four assists, Lynch set a Wesleyan single-season mark for helpers with 34. She leads the NESCAC in assists and broke the previous school mark of 31 set in 2007.

Wesleyan will complete its Little Three play in its next game, traveling to Amherst Sat., April 24. Williams returns to action Tues., April 20, hosting Springfield in a non-conference outing.


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