Connecticut College 10, Wesleyan University 9 Senior Class Lead Camels to First NESCAC Win
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Meag Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) scored the 10th Connecticut College goal with 7:23 remaining and it proved to be the difference as the Camels held off rival Wesleyan University to take a 10-9 in the regular season finale.
The Camels improved to 5-10 with a 1-9 record while the Cardinals closed out the season with a 5-10 record (0-10 NESCAC).
The two teams played the most challenging schedules in the country, combining for 17 contests against teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 20.
Abbott had two goals and an assist to close out her career with 80 goals, 13 assists and 93 points. Marx added two goals and a ground ball for the hosts.
Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) finished with three goals while assisting on two others, adding three draws and three ground balls for the winning side.
Lauren Munhall (Ridgewood, N.J.) made four saves in her first collegiate victory in goal.
Wesleyan University junior Leah Sherman (Belmont, Calif.) erupted with three goals while adding two ground balls. Abby Wheeler (Winchester, Mass.) and Martha Harding (Woodside, Calif.) both scored twice for the visitors.
Harding also contributed two ground balls and three caused turnovers while Wheeler contributed one ground ball.
Meredith Smith (Ocean City, Md.) collected three draw controls in the loss.
Sophomore Nina Labovich (Alexandria, Va.) made eight saves in the setback.
Donegan had three goals and an assist in the opening half to vault the Camels out to a 5-3 advantage. But Daphne Kroessler (Verona, N.J.) and Wheeler scored 1:12 apart to pull the Cardinals even and the teams headed to the intermission locked up in a 5-5 tie.
The Camels scored the first three goals of the second half to build an 8-5 edge. After Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) netted her 23rd goal of the season with a free position marker, Abbott contributed to the next two scores.
On the seventh Camel goal, Abbott broke a Wesleyan clear, collecting a loose ball near midfield and sprinting to the cage for a score.
Then, with 18:15 remaining, Abbott assisted Marx for a one-timer that put the Camels on top 8-5.
The Cardinals responded though and with 15:22 to play, Sherman buried the equalizer and the Camels and Cardinals were tied up for the fifth time in the contest.
But Marx countered with a free position goal for the Camels with 11:25 remaining.
Donegan assisted Irvine for the goal that proved to be the difference with 7:23 remaining.
Wheeler completed her hat-trick with 5:29 remaining to make it a 10- 9 game.
But the Camel defense made a couple of clutch plays to close out the win. Dumke induced a Cardinal turnover with 2:45 remaining.
With 1:20 to play, Maggie Hogan (Arnold, Md.) intercepted a clearing pass for the Camels.
Wesleyan got the ball back for the final possession of the contest but could not get a shot off and the Camels celebrated with the victory.
Connecticut College held a 22-to-18 advantage in shots, while the Cardinals carried a 17-to-15edge in ground balls.