NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore Laura Corcoran (Oakville, Ont.) stopped 15 shots en route to her second shutout of the season to help lead the Wesleyan University women's hockey team to a 3-0 victory against Connecticut College at Dayton Arena Friday night.
The Cardinals improved their record to 5-7-4 with a 2-4-3 record in conference play while the Camels fell to 6-7-3 with a 1-5-3 mark in in the NESCAC.
Laura Mead (Morristown, N.J.), Ellery Sarosi (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Sydney Morgan (Lusby, Md.) supplied scores for the visiting Cardinals, who held a 25-to-15 advantage on the stat sheet.
Connecticut College junior Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 22 saves in the setback for the hosts.
The Camels had a chance to get on the board with 5:44 remaining in the opening period. Amelia Dineen (Arlington, Mass.) was able to win a puck at the backwall and feed senior Olivia Farrell in the slot for a shot that was saved by Corcoran.
Wesleyan had an opportunity with 4:40 left to play in the first. Mead induced a turnover on her forecheck and fired a shot from point blank range that was saved by Fralick.
The Cardinals opened the scoring with 12:10 remaining in the second period. Mead skated into the Camel zone and snuck one inside the near post with a low shot from just below the left circle. Jessica Brennan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) assisted on the marker.
With 10:31 remaining in the second, the Cardinals doubled their lead. Jordan Schildhaus (Woodbury, N.Y.) was the facilitator as the junior contributed her ninth assist and 13th point of the season with a nifty looking feed to Sarosi, who went top shelf with a nice move in the slot area.
The Camels did have some chances to climb back into this one in the third period of action. With 16:56 remaining in regulation, Cassie Hunter (Gilford, N.H.) delivered a blast from the high slot that was saved by Corcoran. Later on in the period with 14:07 to play, Dineen made a nice bid in a shorthanded situation but her shot sailed just wide of the cage. With 12:16 remaining, Corcoran denied Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) on her bid to halve the Cardinal advantage on a blast from the point.
Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) made a nice steal and was free in a one-on-one situation versus Corcoran but her shot went wide with 10:55 to play.
The Camels emptied their goal with 1:30 remaining but could not get any closer. With 1:10 to go, the Cardinals iced the victory when senior Sydney Morgan gained possession of the puck and buried the empty-netter from center ice.
The two teams will meet against tomorrow afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. game in New London.