Wesleyan Outguns Western Connecticut for Win

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 29) - Junior Kayla Ellman scored four goals while classmates Catherine Taibi and Kaylin Berger each tallied a hat track to pace Wesleyan (4-4) past visiting Western Connecticut (4-3) here this afternoon, 15-11. The Cardinals now stand 3-0 all-time vs. the Colonials.

Ellman took over team goal-scoring leadership from Berger with her four markers, upping her season total to 18, while Berger is one behind with 17. Taibi improved her seasonal scoring to 13 goals.

Netting four goals for Western was junior Nicole Perrone, who upped her goal scoring for the year to 18, ranking second on the squad behind junior Devon Edwards, who had a pair today and 23 for the season. Edwards also had two assists for a four-point game as she leads her team by a wide margin in the points department with 37.

Junior Amy Brooks, who came into the contest with just two goals on the year for the Colonials, posted a hat trick with three goals in the final four minutes of the contest, narrowing what had been the game's largest lead for Wesleyan at 15-8, to the final margin.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-1 edge nine minutes into the contest, with two by Ellman and one each by Taibi and Berger along with a goal from sophomore Maddy Coulter. Perrone put home two for Western to make it a 5-3 game before four straight by the Cardinals upped the difference to 9-3 with 5:56 left in the half. The teams went into intermission with Wesleyan ahead, 10-5.

The teams traded goals over the opening 10 minutes of the second half for a 12-7 score, but Wesleyan then netted three of the next four to push out to a seven-goal margin with 4:48 left on the clock. Brooks then put the finishing touches on the day's scoring.

Western goalie sophomore Karli Portnoy picked up five saves while freshman Mackenzie McPike, playing her first game for Wesleyan, stopped seven shots.

Western is back in action Sat., March 31 with its Little East opener at UMass Dartmouth. Wesleyan plays again Wed., April 4 in a NESCAC match-up at Amherst.


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