Wesleyan Rolls by Roger Williams in First-Ever Meeting

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Thurs., March 24) -- In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, Wesleyan got its offense cranking from the start, netting nine goals in the first 17 minutes of the contest and led by no less than nine the rest of the way in a 17-7 home victory against Roger Williams this afternoon.

Wesleyan, now 4-2, hosts Bastes College Sat., March 26, in a NESCAC matchup while Roger Williams takes on Colby-Sawyer on the road in a TCCC contest.

Sophomore Kayla Ellman put Wesleyan ahead for good in the first minute of the game with a good cut from right to left and a high shot at 29:10. She made it two in a row 2:51 later, and also scored the Cardinals' seventh goal to give her a hat trick and 10 goals on the season.

In between her second and third tallies, junior Claire O'Brien and freshman Hillary Cook each scored twice. The nine-goal run was capped by junior Liz Chabot and sophomore Kaylin Berger, with Berger's coming at 13:01. Chabot went on to add the final two goals of the first half, making it a 12-1 edge at intermission and complete her hat trick. The Hawks ended the Wesleyan run at 11:16 on senior Claire Halliday's 14th goal of the season.

The teams played just about even in the second half as the lead varied between nine and 12 goals. Top goal-getter senior Kate Malenczak upped her scoring to 16 goals with a pair for Roger Williams while Hawk freshman Danielle Neagle picked up a second-half hat trick to bring her season total to 11. Also with three points on a goal and two assists was top scorer junior Danica Delia, giving her 29 points (11-18-29) this year.

O'Brien finished off her hat trick for Wesleyan in the second half while sophomore Lydia Kring, usually a field player for Wesleyan but forced to mind the net for the first half as usual starter junior Maggie Drowica nursed an injury, put home a pair of tallies, giving her seven this season. Reserve freshman middie Taylor Wells, who played a bit in the field during the first period, put on the pads for the second half and allowed the final six Roger Williams goals with one save. Kring had four first-half saves.

In net for Roger Williams, sophomore Justine Sullivan, back from an injury and making her second start of the season, collected 10 saves as Wesleyan held a 33-14 margin in total shots.

2011-03-24



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