Wesleyan Defeats Connecticut College in Season Finale

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 24) - With both teams playing their final game of the season, Wesleyan and Connecticut College locked horns, and Wesleyan came away with a 16-9 victory. Neither team qualified for the upcoming NESCAC tournament, so both squads finished with identical 5-10 overall records and 1-9 conference marks. Both teams went 4-1 against non-NESCAC competition.

Wesleyan jumped out to a 3-0 lead 7:50 into the game as senior Kayla Ellman netted two of her four goals in the contest to open the scoring. Sophomore Caitlin Daniels finished off the early Cardinal run. Wesleyan led by two goals or more the rest of the first half and took a 7-4 margin into intermission.

When the Camels got goals from senior Libby Nichols and sophomore Taylor Thomas, who finished with a game-best five goals, the score stood, 7-6, with 26:16 to go. The Cardinals scored six of the next seven goals to push out to a 13-7 advantage with 13:32 on the clock. Senior Kaylin Berger had three of her four goals in the game during the run while senior Lydia Kring got the first of her four goals. Kring posted the final three Cardinal tallies, all on free-position shots, in the closing eight minutes of the game.

Shots in the contest favored Wesleyan, 29-21, while ground balls were even at 13 apiece. Wesleyan freshman keeper Nina Labovich ended the game with seven saves. Junior Caitlin Cataldo started in net for the Camels, making two saves before leaving the contest with an injury after 11:11 of the first half with Wesleyan ahead, 4-1. Senior Kelsey Burke minded the cage for the final 48:49, adding three stops.

Berger led Wesleyan in scoring in 2013 with 29 goals and six assists for 35 points. Ellman was second with 24 goals and four assists for 28 points. Thomas ranked second for Conn in scoring with 30 goals and nine assists for 39 points. Senior Bri Miller, who had two goals and an assist vs. Wesleyan, led the Camels with 45 points on 34 goals and 11 helpers.


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