Wesleyan Tops Connecticut College for 9th Straight Time

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Fri., April 30, 2010) -- Junior Allie Lynch tied a Wesleyan school record for assists in a game with eight in leading Wesleyan University (4-10, 1-8 NESCAC) to its ninth consecutive victory over Connecticut College (6-8, 1-8 NESCAC) with a 17-13 home triumph.

It proved to be the final game of the season for both teams as the Cardinals denied the Camels a chance of qualifying for the NESCAC tournament as the eighth seed. Wesleyan had already been eliminated from post-season consideration but Conn. College still had a chance of making the field with a win and a loss by Bates this evening against Tufts.

Wesleyan opened the second half with a 4-0 run to pull out to a 13-9 edge as the teams were tied 9-9 at halftime. Allie Lynch assisted on three of the four Cardinal goals to open the second period as senior Sarah Hoefle, freshman Lydia Kring and senior Erin McCarthy were all the beneficiaries of Lynch passes while junior Jess Chukwu also scored.

Wesleyan never let the margin drop below three over the final 21:32 of the contest and held as much as a five-goal cushion (15-10) with 16:36 remaining on a free-position tally by sophomore Eileen Gaffney. With her eight helpers, Lynch improved her team-leading scoring to 50 points, becoming just the third player in Wesleyan history to crack the 50-point plateau in a season. She had six goals and a school-record 44 assists as she leads the NESCAC in assists this season as well. She came into the contest ranked 11th nationally in assists per game.

Conn. College got four goals and an assist from junior Abby Hill as she upped her scoring for the year to 29 goals and nine assists for 38 points. She finished just behind sophomore Hope Barone for team scoring leadership as Barone came up with a hat trick to give her 35 goals along with five helpers for a 40-point season.

The Camels held a two-goal lead during the first half as they erased an early 3-1 deficit with a four-goal run as Hill and Barone each scored twice to make it 5-3 with 19:12 to go in the frame. Wesleyan eventually tied the game at 6-6 with 14:21 left in the period and neither team led by more than a goal before the halftime deadlock.

Chukwu was one of three Cardinals to post a hat trick in the contest as she paced Wesleyan with 31 goals on the year. Also with a hat trick was Gaffney and freshman Averill Roberto. Hoefle finished the game with two goals and an assist for a three-point afternoon.

In the Wesleyan net, sophomore keeper Maggie Drowica tied her career high by making 18 saves, a figure she has produced twice in the past. For Conn. College, freshman Kelsey Burke collected seven stops as the Camels had a slight edge in total shots, 39-35, but put 31 shots on goal to just 24 by the Cardinals.


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