Wesleyan Returns Home, Defeats Mount Holyoke

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Tues., April 19) -- Wesleyan, playing its first home game in 17 days after three conference road games, concluded its non-conference slate with a 6-0 record by defeating visiting Mount Holyoke, 19-6. The victory improved the Cardinals overall record vs. Mount Holyoke to 17-9. The teams last met in 2004.

Wesleyan trailed once in the contest as Mount Holyoke erased an early 3-1 deficit with three straight goals, the last two by freshman Liz Randolph, giving her a team-leading 27 on the season. But that 4-3 lead with 19:51 to go quickly evaporated as sophomore Lydia Kring netted a natural hat trick for the Cardinals in a span of 6:18, the first tying the game at 18:25, and the second becoming the game-winner at 17:04.

Kring's three goals initiated a 10-0 Wesleyan run to the final minute of the first half as the Cardinals claimed a 13-5 edge at intermission. The Lyons ended the streak on a goal by sophomore Molly MacDonald with :37 to go in the period. During the 10-0 run, Kring added her fifth goal of the game as she had opened the scoring at 29:02, and sophomore Kaylin Berger picked up a hat trick.

Berger tied for the team lead in goals with 26, equalling sophomore Kayla Ellman, who had a pair in the contest, both in the first 10 minutes. Freshman Hillary Cook added two tallies for Wesleyan during the decisive stretch.

During the second half, the Cardinals got a natural hat trick from sophomore Catherine Taibi and a goal and an assist from senior Allie Lynch, who ended the game with two goals and two assists. She leads Wesleyan with 37 points on the season (eight goals and 29 assists). The lone Mount Holyoke goal came from MacDonald.

In the Wesleyan net, junior Maggie Drowica posted seven saves while the Lyons got eight saves from starter freshman Melissa Saale and five from sophomore Jamie Theophilos, who played the final 33 minutes and gave up six goals.

Wesleyan gets back into NESCAC play for its next game, hosting conference and Little Three rival Amherst Sat., April 23. Mount Holyoke concludes its regular season at home Saturday with NEWMAC rival Springfield as the opponent.


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