March 28, 2012

Wesleyan Topples No. 3 Amherst

from press release

- Wesleyan scored four straight goals during the second quarter, two of them by John Froats '12, to break a 1-1 tie with Amherst, ranked third nationally in Division III, and go on for a 6-3 NESCAC win Wed., March 28. The victory, coupled with an opening-day 9-4 conquering of Williams, gave Wesleyan an outright Little Three title in 2012.

Wesleyan drew first blood with the only goal of the first period as Teddy Citrin '12 (#20, photo insert upper middle) began his hat trick by working around from behind the net on the left and finding room in front to put the Cardinals ahead at 5:48 of the stanza. Amherst tied the game at 10:56 of the second quarter but the Cardinals rattled off four in a row in a span of 8:25 to take a commanding 5-1 lead into halftime.

Froats got the run started with a low shot inside the left post past the Amherst keeper. Max Landow '12 set up Froats' goal at 8:56 with the first of his two assists on the day. Citrin then netted his second goal on a fast break after catching a pass from long-pole middie Brendan Hanley '13 to go in one-on-one with the goalie and beat him high, making it 3-1 at 7:32. It was 4-1 after Froats connected with Landow again at 4:11 after catching a pass in traffic and scoring after a quick spin. Landow put the finishing touches on the run with his third point of the game, making good with his shot from the right side off a feed by Aidan Daniell '14.

Amherst got the only marker of the third period and the score stayed 5-2 for more than 22 minutes until the Lord Jeffs narrowed the margin to two at 4:11 of the final period. Amherst drew three penalties in the final three minutes and Wesleyan cashed in on a two-man-up situation at 2:14 when Citrin started with the ball low on the left and raced past his defender to reach the front of the net before the goalie could recover as he was out of the net guarding against a pass. It was the team-leading 12th goal of the season for Citrin, and accounted for the final 6-3 score.

As they did in the game a year ago, the Cardinals mounted a substantial margin in total shots, holding the Lord Jeffs to 14 attempts while taking 32 of their own today. Last year, Wesleyan generated a 45-25 edge in shots. Wesleyan goalie Grant Covington '12 made five saves as Amherst put just eight shots on net over the 60 minutes, a credit to the Cardinals' defense, led by the like of Mike Robinson '13 (#1, main photo), who had four caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. Wesleyan was one of the top teams nationally in Division III for goal-against average, ranked seventh with a 4.80 figure to begin the week.

Ahead for Wesleyan is a meeting with another nationally ranked foe, Endicott, ranked 16th, on Sat., March 31.

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