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Strong Start Lifts Cardinals Past Rams 3-1

Sophia Marra scored her third goal in as many games on Sunday (Lianne Yun '18).
Sophia Marra scored her third goal in as many games on Sunday (Lianne Yun '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (3-2-0) scored three times in the opening frame, lifting the Cardinals past Suffolk 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Wesleyan extends its win streak to three, including a two-game sweep over the Rams (2-7-2). 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals wasted little time getting on the board, scoring three times in the opening frame. The first tally came with 7:24 expired after Maggie Curran stole the puck in transition. Curran sent a pass to Sophia Marra at the top of the left faceoff circle, before Marra found the back of the goal for her third tally in as many games.
  • Wesleyan extended the advantage just 1:29 later. Allie Damren's initial shot was denied by Suffolk goaltender Julia McLellan, but Audrey McMahon was there to one-time the rebound for the 2-0 lead.
  • The Cardinals made it a 3-0 game with 13:34 expired when Curran rifled a shot from just inside the blue line.
  • The Rams looked to cut the deficit at the 17:39 mark, but Jesse Kennedy's bid from the doorstep was thwarted by Wesleyan netminder Allegra Grant.
  • Out of the break, Suffolk had a great opportunity to get on the board, but Grace Scholz's shot as the Suffolk power play expired was denied with a glove save from Grant.
  • The Rams continued to pressure in the offensive zone, taking a flurry of shots during the 16th minute. An initial shot by Madison Duff sent Grant sprawling, but she was able to use her leg pads to deny back-to-back chances after that.
  • Suffolk cut the deficit to 3-1 with 3:48 expired in the final frame. Meagan MacNeil's initial shot was denied, but Jesse Kennedy was on the right pipe to tip in the rebound and rob Grant of the shutout.
  • The Rams pulled their goalie with 1:30 remaining in hopes of knotting the game, but all five shots taken in the final minute were denied by Grant to hang on for the two-goal victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Grant earned the win in goal for Wesleyan, making 30 saves.
  • McLellan suffered the loss between the pipes for Suffolk, stopping 26 shots over 58:30.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals host Saint Anselm on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before concluding their first-semester schedule on Saturday when they entertain Plymouth State at 3:00 p.m.