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Return of Nine Starters, Influx of Eight Newcomers to Power Field Hockey in 2015

Return of Nine Starters, Influx of Eight Newcomers to Power Field Hockey in 2015

Wesleyan field hockey returns eight starting field players as well as both top goalies in hopes of gelling back into a NESCAC playoff squad in 2015.  The NESCAC is the most competitive field hockey conference in Division III with five of its members ranked among the top 12 squads in the 2014 final national poll. Wesleyan has qualified for 13 of the 15 post-season conference tournaments, but just missed out in 2014 when Hamilton, a team the Cardinals defeated 3-1, got the eighth and final spot via a three-team random tie-breaker.

The Cardinals will rely on the talent of returning team tri-captain and second-team NFHCA all-New England West selectee Hannah Plappert '16 to carry the attack.  She led the Cardinals in scoring with eight goals and one assist, giving her 15 goals and four assists for 34 career points.  Lauren Yue '16 ranked third in scoring a year ago with a goal and six assists as the squad's inserter on penalty corners.  Tri-Captain Caitlin Majewski '15 will be one of the stalwarts in the midfield as the third returnee to start all 15 games a year ago.

Back in the lineup after starting the first three games of 2014 before being sidelined by a leg injury is tri-captain Michaela Celella '16.  She, too, will solidify the Cardinal attack.  Other returners who started at least five games a year ago include Brooke Hodgson '18 and Colleen Lynch '17 on defense along with Tess Iannarone '18 and Emily Hart '17 in the midfield.  Add returning letterwinners Tierney Behles '18, Lily Ardente '18 and Phoebe Howe '18 to the mix.

In goal, starter Sara Grundy '16 is back after playing 13 games a year ago.  Alongside her is Claire Edelman '17, who played in six games last year with three starts.

Wesleyan has eight newcomers joining the ranks in 2015 with several expected to make immediate contributions at both ends of the field.

The Cardinals open the 2015 season Tues., Sept. 8 with a road trip to Roger Williams.  Playing four straight non-conference games over the opening 10 days of the season, Wesleyan has the daunting task of visiting national finalist Bowdoin Sat., Sept. 19 to inaugurate the NESCAC campaign.