BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Wesleyan University field hockey team faced a tough task on Saturday, squaring off against No. 8 Bowdoin on its home field, as the Polar Bears utilizied five first-half goals during a 6-0 victory in Brunswick, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Polar Bears (2-1, 2-1 in NESCAC) opened the scoring in the second minute, with junior Elizbaeth Bennewitz putting the game-winning tally into the left corner of the net off a penalty corner by sophomore Elle Brine.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood (2-2-0), who compiled a career-high 14 saves, made some tremendous stops for the Cardinals (2-2, 0-1 NESCAC), including stopping a strong shot by freshman Abby Bashaw in the 16th minute. The Winslow, Maine native made superb kick saves on drives by senior Juliana Fiore in the 23rd minute and sophomore Elizabeth Growney in the 31st minute, respectively. Wood also flashed her pad on a bullet heading for the right corner of the goal off the stick of senior Sarah Jane Weill with 2:03 on the clock in the first half.
- Sophomore Kara Finnerty extended Bowdoin's lead to 2-0 in the fifth minute, cashing in on a tip-in off a drive from the left edge of the circle by Bennewitz. The scoring play was once again orchestrated by a penalty corner from the left attacking side by Brine.
- The Cardinals put some pressure on the Bears, especially with some strong offensive-zone time in the late minutes of the opening half. Freshman standout Nikki Gerjarusak, who leads the team with six points, three goals and two game-winning tallies, sent a shot just wide of the net in the 21st minute. Wesleyan also had back-to-back penalty corners in the 26th minute, as junior Ali Friend sent a pass off the second one to senior Cici Frattasio, who has three points on the season, but the senior's deflection went over the net.
- Senior captain Tess Iannarone, along with Frattasio, Friend and Gerjarusak showcased their cohesiveness on multiple occasions for the visitors in the first half with strong breakouts and the ability to open up the field in the attacking zone.
- The Bears compiled a three-goal advantage in the 14th minute, as Finnerty established deep position on the right baseline of the circle, and then sent a crisp pass right onto Weill's stick in front of the net.
- Fiore struck in the 22nd minute, firing a shot from the left side of the circle into the right side of the goal, and then junior Johna Cook scored from point-blank range in front of the goal with 27 seconds left in the first half assisted by Fiore and sophomore Emma Stevens, as the hosts took a 5-0 lead heading into intermission.
- Bowdoin ended the scoring in the 61st minute when Stevens found the back of the net assisted by sophomore Laura Cooper.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bowdoin held a 27-1 advantage in shots and a 20-0 edge in shots on goal, as the hosts saw seven different players tally at least one point.
- The hosts attempted seven penalty corners and the visitors attempted two, while Bowdoin was guilty of 49 fouls and Wesleyan was whistled for 32 infractions.
- Weill and Bennewitz each fired game highs of six shots, with the two combining for seven shots on net for the Bears. Finnerty chipped in with four shots, with all of them being on target.
- The Cardinals will compete in non-conference action on Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass. The squad will then return home for a noon matchup against NESCAC-rival Bates on Saturday at Smith Field.