The softball team began its season in Arizona with a grueling schedule of 13 games in 9 days
The women’s softball team will look to make a third consecutive run at the NESCAC crown this season.
Wesleyan volleyball took the second seed in the NESCAC tournament this weekend, closing out their regular season and proving themselves once again to be one of Wesleyan’s most successful fall teams.
Women’s volleyball enjoyed its fourth straight win last Thursday against non-conference opponent Rhode Island College, 3-0. This was the second time the Cardinals have defeated the Anchorwomen in three straight sets this season.
The volleyball team traveled to Trinity this past weekend to take on all three of their Maine NESCAC opponents. After icing Bowdoin on Friday in three straight sets, the Cardinals went on to beat Bates and Colby, 3-1 on Saturday, asserting their dominance in the conference.
Eastern Connecticut abruptly ended the volleyball team’s eight-game winning streak on Wednesday, sweeping the Cardinals in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-20, 25-11. The loss followed an impressive weekend that included two crucial NESCAC wins.
After a slow start in the first set, Wesleyan blew by Western Connecticut State University this Wednesday. The win marked the fourth year in a row that the Cardinals have embarrassed its Continental neighbors.
Wesleyan volleyball has been on a tear since Saturday, decisively winning three of its four matches, including two over NESCAC rivals. Even more notable is that its first win of the weekend versus Hamilton gave Head Coach Gale Lackey her 400th career Cardinal win. Lackey is only the second coach in Wesleyan history to achieve this mark, joining former Baseball Head Coach Peter Kostacopoulos as.
While the game remained scoreless through two overtimes, Saturday’s home matchup pitting the women’s soccer team against Bowdoin College was not lacking in excitement. The tie marks the first time that Wesleyan has not been iced by the Polar Bears since 2002.
The women’s soccer squad came out full steam on Wednesday to capture their first win of the season, beating Mount Holyoke 3-1 — the third straight year the Cards have defeated Holyoke.
This weekend the Wesleyan softball team hosted the NESCAC playoffs. After winning three games on Saturday, including an exciting sixth-inning comeback against Tufts University, Wesleyan’s record-making season ended in the championship game on Sunday as Tufts took its second consecutive title 10-3.
This weekend, the softball team went 1-1 with NESCAC East second-place finisher, Trinity College. The doubleheader was a preview for the upcoming playoffs, which begin this Friday, as the teams will open up against each other.
Wesleyan won two of three this weekend against NESCAC West rival Amherst College, good enough to win the NESCAC West division and host this year’s NESCAC tournament. The two wins were also good enough for the cardinals to capture their first-ever Little Three Title with a 4-2 record after going 2-1 in both series against Williams and Amherst.
The Cardinals had an exciting comeback Tuesday at home against non-conference opponent and GNAC leader, Pine Manor College. The two teams were in a deadlock since the first inning until Pine Manor scored a run in the sixth, giving the team a 2-1 lead. Failing to score in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals entered the last inning behind by one and needing to score.
The softball team swept the Panthers this weekend in a triple-header at Middlebury, giving them a commanding lead in the NESCAC West division with a record of 8-1.
The softball team has a lot to be proud of this weekend as it went 2-1 NESCAC West Rival Williams College. Coming into the game, the Cardinals were 2-44 against the Ephs and had never won a series. Wesleyan now stands at 5-1 in division play, leading the NESCAC West and setting itself up nicely for a return to the playoffs this year.
The Cardinals’ bats have been on fire this past week, as they captured their fourth victory in a row and third victory by mercy-rule. Wesleyan opened up play on their brand-new field this weekend against Hamilton College. After sweeping the Continentals, the Cards took on Coast Guard on Wednesday and came up victorious again. The final score was 12-4, and the game ended early due to the eight-run mercy-rule.
This year’s softball squad will look to recapture the magic of last year’s record-breaking season, where they made their inaugural appearance in the NESCAC tournament. Last season saw their best record-to-date (21-15 overall, 9-3 in their division) as well as an exciting mid-season 12-game winning streak.
After losing the final game of the regular Field Hockey season to Bowdoin 2-0 on Saturday, the Cardinals entered the NESCAC tournament as the lowest seed of seven. With the top seed receiving a first round bye, the Cardinals traveled from Maine to Medford, MA, to face second-seeded Tufts University on Sunday. The Jumbos, ranked fifteenth in the nation, came out on top with a score of 1-0, beating the Cardinals for the second time this season.
The field hockey team was unable to clinch a spot in the NESCAC playoffs this weekend as the Cards lost their second straight NESCAC match 2-1 at Amherst. The win propelled the Lord Jeffs (7-5, 3-4 NESCAC) to sixth place, one spot above the Cards. Wesleyan must maintain its current standing with a week left in regular season play, as only the top seven teams make it to the post-season.
The field hockey team split NESCAC games this week, picking up its sixth consecutive win with a 1-0 victory over Bates College on Saturday before losing to Tufts 2-0 on Wednesday. The week’s play moved the Cards record to 7-5 (3-4 NESCAC), good enough for sixth place in the standings, up one from last week.
The field hockey team soared past their opponents this past week as they went 3-0, including two nail-biting overtime victories. On Tuesday and Thursday, the Cards faced off against non-conference opponents, Mt. Holyoke and Wellesley College, respectively. The team then went to beat NESCAC foe Colby College at home on Saturday.
The Cardinals picked up their first NESCAC win of the season this Saturday at Connecticut College by a score of 2-0. The victory improves the Cardinals’ record to 2-4 (1-3 NESCAC). Amanda Nickels ’08 had a big day for Wesleyan, notching both goals, while goalkeeper Breen McDonald ’10 recorded her second career shutout.
The Cardinals dropped their fourth game of the season on Wednesday, suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss to non-conference opponent Wheaton College by the score of 3-2. This was the third time this season that Wesleyan has blown its lead and gone on to lose by one goal.
Field hockey powerhouse Middlebury College traveled to Middletown this Sunday for a NESCAC match. Though Wesleyan gained a 1-0 lead in the first half, the Panthers proved too strong, scoring two in the second half, for a final score of 2-1. This was Middlebury’s eighth consecutive win dating back to last season, including a win over Wesleyan in the first round of last year’s NESCAC playoffs.
The Cardinals captured their first win of the season at Salve Regina on Tuesday, defeating the Seahawks 2-1. This win could not have come at a better time, after the team had dropped a disappointing loss to NESCAC foe Trinity 3-2 on Saturday. The Cardinals came out flying Saturday, trapping the Bantams in their own end and dominating play for the first twenty minutes.
Williams College proved too strong for the Cardinals on Saturday as the Cards lost 3-1 in Williamstown. The Ephs, ranked 12th in the preseason NFHCA Division III poll, scored 18 minutes into the first half and never relinquished their lead. Hailey Sarage ’09 netted Wesleyan’s lone goal off of a great penalty stroke late in the second half.
Last year’s field hockey team struggled, going 3-6 in the NESCAC and 6-9 overall. Although the team’s efforts were good enough to earn a tournament spot, its playoff run was short-lived as it dropped the opening game to Middlebury 3-2.
Over the weekend, the softball team’s historic season came to a close at the hands of Tufts and Trinity in the NESCAC Tournament. Despite a team record of 21 wins and nine conference victories, the Cards were unable to strike down the powerful offenses of the Jumbos and Bantams, as the two squads combined for 19 runs against the Cardinals in the double elimination tournament.
The Cardinal softball team will make its inaugural NESCAC playoff appearance this year at Tufts University next Friday. The Cards entered the weekend needing to beat Middlebury in just one of three games to make the tournament.
The softball team had reason to celebrate this weekend, as its four wins extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 12 games. The first two wins came Saturday at Bates, where the Cards crushed the Bobcats 11-2 and 3-2. In the first game, NESCAC Player of the Week Meaghen Dendy ’10 pitched a solid five innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight, while five Cardinal batters enjoyed multiple-hit games.
The softball team continued its winning streak this past week with four wins, bringing its season record to 15-11 and its win streak to eight games. The first game of the week was played on Tuesday at home where the Cards faced off against non-conference foe Elm’s College.
The softball team enjoyed a three-game sweep of Little Three NESCAC rival Amherst College last weekend, bringing it into first place in the NESCAC West division at 4-2, and improving its overall record to an even 11-11.
Wesleyan softball will look to make a big impact in the NESCAC this year, as the Cards enter the season having lost only three players from last year’s squad. This year, the team, led by tri-captains Dayna Yorks ’07, Molly Gaebe ’07 and Marcia Whitehead ’08, will include 11 former letter-winners, two returning upperclassmen and three rookies.