Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 1 Alexa de la Guardia Sparks Camels in Home NESCAC Win

Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 1 Alexa de la Guardia Sparks Camels in Home NESCAC Win

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Alexa de la Guardia (Flower Mound, Texas) scored a first period goal to spark the Connecticut College women's hockey team in a 3-1 NESCAC victory against Wesleyan University Saturday.

The Camels and Cardinals split the two game series in New London. Wesleyan defeated Connecticut College 3-0 Friday night. The Camels improved their record to 7-7-3 with a 2-5-3 mark in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals fell to 5-8-4 with a 2-5-3 mark in conference action. 

Amelia Dineen (Arlington, Mass.) and Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) chipped in with second period scores. Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) dished out two assists for the winning side.

Rookie net-minder Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) made 22 saves in the triumph. 

Wesleyan University first year forward Ellery Sarosi (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored her second goal in as many days, it was her third of the year.

Laura Corcoran (Oakville, Ont.) finished with 25 saves in the loss for the Cardinals. Corcoran finished with 40 stops in the two starts, registering a 1.51 goals against average in the two starts to go along with a .930 save percentage. 

The Camels opened the scoring with 11:15 remaining in the first period. Beattie fired a shot from the mid-slot area that was save by Corcoran but Alexa de la Guardia pounced on the rebound and flipped in a backhander to put the Camels on top 1-0.

Chester was tested by the Cardinals on a productive Cardinal power play in the latter stages of the first period. Jess Brennan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) fired a shot from the point that was saved with 7:26 remaining. Then, with 5:30 left in the period, Lottie Barton (Kenai, Alaska) snapped off a wrist shot that was saved by Chester. 

The Camels had a great chance for another goal when Cassie Hunter (Gilford, N.H.) led Leah Kallen (Chicago, Ill.) in on a one-on-one situation but Corcoran was able to trap the high rising shot to make the save with 3:15 to play.

The Camels wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard in the middle period.  Julia Rodricks (Baltimore, Md.) took a shot that was saved but Dineen stuffed home the rebound to make it a 2-0 game with 19:43 remaining. Then, with 15:43 to play, the Camels converted in a shorthanded situation. 

Ashley Anctil (Manchester, N.H.) assisted Dumont on the 46th goal of her career in the slot area for the shorthanded marker that made it a 3-0 game.

The Cardinals finally broke through in the third period. After the Camels were assessed with a five-minute major penalty, Sarosi scored with 6:38 left to make it a 3-1 game. Jordan Schildhaus (Woodbury, N.Y.) and Brennan assisted on the power play goal. 

With 5:37 remaining and the extra women advantage still in effect, Schildhaus fired a shot that was saved by Chester. In the closing moments, with the Cardinal goal emptied Schildhaus had another nice scoring bid with a wrist shot coming from the left circle but Chester was able to make the stop for the Camels.

The Camels were able to hold on for the 3-1 triumph. 

The Camels out-shot the Cardinals 28-to-23 in the contest.