March 8, 2014

No. 16 Wesleyan's Seniors Finally Defeat Bates

from press release

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Aidan Daniell '14 scored three first-half goals as homestanding Wesleyan, ranked 16th nationally, built a 6-1 lead in the second period over Bates and went on to post a 10-6 triumph. The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Cardinals against the Bobcats. Wesleyan holds a 21-12 series lead, but Bates has won seven of the most recent 13 meetings.

Lyle Mitchell '16 opened the scoring for Wesleyan just 1:48 into the game, and Daniell added a pair just 1:10 apart to make it a 3-0 game after only 5:01. While Bates got the initial goal of the second quarter just :25 in, Wesleyan got the next three in a span of 4:09 for the game's largest lead at 6-1. Daniell started the run by completing his hat trick, with Graham Macnab '14 and Ian Vasquez '14 also connecting. Bates posted a pair before the end of the period, cutting the deficit to 6-3 at intermission.

When a run from behind the net resulted in another Bobcat goal at 10:34 of the third quarter, Bates got within a pair at 6-4, but two Wesleyan goals on long-range shots from Matt Prezioso '15 and Vasquez, pushed the Cardinal edge to 8-4. Bates made it 8-5 with :13 remaining in the third period. Mitchell and Quentin DellaFera '15 both scored for Wesleyan in the fourth quarter, as DellaFera's goal, his team-high seventh of the year, made it a three-point game with his two assists. Bates had one fourth-quarter tally.

In the Cardinal net Mark Simmons '14 (#11, photo insert lower left) stopped 14 Bates shots while allowing six goals. Reserve Justin Schick '15 played 1:15 after a Simmons penalty and added a save. Shots in the game were dead even at 36 apiece.

Wesleyan travels to Union Wed., March 12 for its next encounter, a non-conference affair.

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