Cardinals Start with 7-0 Run, Down Warriors

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 14) - Wesleyan remained undefeated vs. in-state rival Eastern Connecticut after scoring the opening seven goals of the second half and running away to a 16-7 victory. Wesleyan (2-1) improved to 10-0 all-time vs. Eastern (2-3) and will be back on the field Sat., March 17 in a NESCAC battle at Bates College. Eastern resumes action Sat., March 17 in a non-conference game at MIT.

Though Wesleyan jumped out to a 6-1 lead 15:17 into the contest, Eastern scored the final four goals of the first period to narrow the margin to one, 6-5, at halftime. When junior Kayla Ellman put home a pair of goals in the opening 2:28 of the second half for Wesleyan, the Cardinals upped their lead to 8-5 and never looked back.

Five different goal scores connected for the Cardinals over the next 18 minutes to extend the margin to 13-5 before Eastern ended the run at seven goals when sophomore Erin Conn put home as pass from senior Ashley Prizio at 9:04 to make it 13-6. Conn is tied for the team lead in goals for the Warriors with 14, equaling the effort of junior Daniela Marchitto, who had a first-half marker for her 14th of the season.

Wesleyan then netted three of the last four goals for the 16-7 final score. Both Ellman and junior Lydia Kring posted a hat trick for the Cardinals with all of Kring's tallies coming in the first 12:32 of the game as Wesleyan held a 5-0 lead. Sophomore Madeline Coulter, as well as freshmen Audrey Le and Leah Sherman picked up a pair for Wesleyan. Eastern had seven individual goal scorers in the game while Prizio also had an assist as the only Warrior with two points on the day.

In goal for the Cardinals, senior Maggie Drowica stopped nine Eastern attempts, her third consecutive game with a better than .500 save percentage, while senior Kristianna Ibsen had the same number of saves in the Eastern net. Wesleyan held a 34-19 edge in total shots.


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