April 7, 2009

No. 13 Wesleyan Steamrolls Western Connecticut

from press release

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan, ranked 13th nationally in Division III, defeated Western Connecticut here this afternoon for the fourth time in as many meetings between the teams, 12-3. Over the four meetings, the first in 2005, the Cardinals hold a 62-16 margin in goals against the Colonials. Wesleyan upped its season record to 9-2 while Western Conn. dropped to 2-8.

It took Wesleyan about five minutes into the second period to take charge as the score stood 3-2 when Colonial freshman Sean Macey netted his team-leading 30th goal of the season at the 13:10 mark of the period to get his team within a goal.

From that point, Wesleyan scored the final five goals of the period for an 8-2 bulge at halftime, added a pair in the third period for a 10-2 lead and made it 11-2 in the fourth before Western finally got its third goal more than 37 minutes after its second. It was the third consecutive game this year that Wesleyan has held its opponent scoreless for a span of at least 32 minutes while limiting the foe to only three goals for the game.

Leading Wesleyan with three goals and four assists vs. Western was senior Jason Ben-Eliyahu as he moved his seasonal scoring to 18-14-32 and his career scoring to 151 points. He is only the eighth Wesleyan player to surpass 150 career points. Wesleyan also got four goals from junior Jon Killeen and a goal and two assists from top scorer senior Russ Follansbee, who has 46 points this year (27-19-46).

Four Wesleyan goalies combined to make seven saves as the Cardinals enjoyed a 45-22 shot advantage, a 48-17 edge in grounders and won 12 of 19 faceoffs with junior Matt Ward winning 11 of his 15 to pace the squad. Freshman Vinny Martone was kept very busy in the Colonial net and responded by making 16 saves over 52 minutes of work, allowing 11 goals. Junior Adsam Lanehart also scored for Western, his 26th goal this season.

Wesleyan returns to NESCAC play Saturday, April 11 with its opening Little Three game at Amherst. Western will be at UMass Boston for a Little East matchup Saturday.

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