Offensive Outburst Leads Women's Ice Hockey to 5-2 Triumph Over Wesleyan

Lauren Helm
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) scored twice in the first period to kickstart an offensive outburst and help lead the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Wesleyan on Friday evening.
 
Dillon lit the lamp for the first time at the 9:21 mark of the first period by redirecting a shot taken by junior Erin Healy (Melrose, Mass.). Just 1:38 later, the sophomore doubled the Camel lead by collecting a rebound from an initial strike by senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) and sneaking the puck inside the far post. The visitors then extended their lead to 3-0 when junior Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) tipped in a shot unleashed by senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) on a power play.
 
Wesleyan (3-7, NESCAC) finally got on the board when Stella Ramsey potted home a rebound at the 12:57 mark of the second period, but the Camels had a quick response less than five minutes later. Freshman Natalie Witkowski (Cheshire, Conn.) fired the puck past an unprotected Allegra Grant on a breakaway at 17:51 to give the guests a 4-1 lead through two periods, and the Cardinals would never recover.
 
Senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) made 10 saves between the pipes to pick up the victory for Connecticut College, which only allowed the Cardinals to attempt a combined three shots on target during the first and third periods. Grant suffered the loss for Wesleyan despite stuffing 34 Camel shots.
 
Connecticut College (6-4-2, NESCAC 2-3-2) will look to sweep the season series when it treks back to Middletown to face Wesleyan again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.