Lauren Yue '17 Scores in 62nd Minute, Sara Grundy '16 Posts Nine Saves, but Cardinals Fall to #10 Wellesley, 3-1

Lauren Yue '17 Scores in 62nd Minute, Sara Grundy '16 Posts Nine Saves, but Cardinals Fall to #10 Wellesley, 3-1

Visiting Wellesley (3-0) netted three goals in a span of 14 minutes during the second half after being held scoreless in the opening period by homestanding Wesleyan as the Blue, ranked 10th nationally in Division III, went on for a 3-1 non-conference triumph Sun., Sept. 13.  Wellesley owns a 16-9-1 overall series lead against Wesleyan and has captured the last four encounters. The Cardinals will be at home Wed., Sept. 16, taking on in-state non-conference foe Eastern Connecticut in a game to be webcast.

Despite a 9-0 edge in total shots, with six of them going on net, and a 7-0 margin in penalty corner during the first 35 minutes of action, Wellesley could not penetrate the Wesleyan defense effectively enough for a goal.  It took just 4:09 into the second half for Wellesley to convert its eighth penalty corner of the contest into a 1-0 lead.  The insertion was passed to the left side of the circle, then, passed to the top for a shot straight into the net from just inside the circle. 

When Wellesley was awarded another corner just two minutes later, the insertion went to the left side once again, but was shot directly into the net in the 42nd minute.

The game's only goal not resulting from a corner came in the 54th minute, with a centering pass from the left side to the middle for a short-ranged poke into the Cardinal net.

Wesleyan got on the board when Lauren Yue '17 tipped in a shot by Abby Warren '19 from the right side in the 62nd minute with top-scorer Hannah Plappert '16 also getting an assist as she sent the ball to Warren as part of a Wesleyan penalty-corner situation.  Plappert has six points on two goals and two assists this year.  Yue and Warren both registered their first scoring items of the campaign.

Sara Grundy '16 finished the game with nine saves for Wesleyan.  Wellesley generated an 18-6 margin in total shots, but the second half was just a 9-6 differential while corners favored Wesleyan, 4-3, in the second half.  Shots on net were 12-1 for Wellesley.  Over three games this year, the Blue defense has permitted only five shots on goal.