SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Sophomore Delaney Wood stood tall in net with a game-high 12 saves for the Wesleyan University field hockey team on Wednesday evening, but the Cardinals suffered a 2-1 setback at the hands of Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- It appeared that the Cardinals (2-3, 0-1 in NESCAC) and Lyons (5-2, 1-0 in NEWMAC) were going to head into the locker room scoreless, but senior Sophie Perekslis was thinking differently, as she netted her fourth goal of the season for Mount Holyoke with 37 seconds left. Senior Kaitlin Braz orchestrated the play with a drive from the right side of the circle, which was redirected from point-blank range by Perekslis into the cage.
- Wesleyan nearly responded at the end of the half, with a pass through the circle going just past the stick of senior forward Cici Frattasio.
- The Cardinals had a couple other scoring opportunities in the opening half. Senior captain Tess Iannarone made a strong run down the left side of the field in the 22nd minute, and then dished a pass to Frattasio, but Lyons sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Turner (5-2) made a big stop. Sophomore forward Erica Horowitz compiled a strong chance in the 28th minute from the right side of the box, but Turner kicked the opportunity away.
- Wood (2-3), who has compiled 26 saves in the past two games, made a great kick save on a shot from the left doorstep by freshman Mirei Golding-Powers off a penalty corner in the 30th minute. Wood rose to the occasion again in the 33rd minute, making another kick save off a shot from deep in the circle on the left side by senior Cymone Martin.
- Frattasio nearly evened the score at 1-1 in the 40th minute, but her redirection from the middle of the circle went just over the top of the net.
- The Lyons took a crucial two-goal lead in the 59th minute, as junior Kristina Ramsden tipped in a bullet by junior Mirjam Keochakian, as the play developed off a penalty corner. Wood previously made a tremendous save in the 58th minute off a drive by senior Kathryn Rawson.
- The Cardinals kept battling to the final whistle, and Frattasio netted her second goal of the season unassisted with 11 seconds remaining, but the Lyons were able to hold off the late rally by Wesleyan.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Lyons led the shot category, 22-14, but Wesleyan started to increase the pressure in the second half, holding a 10-8 advantage over the final 35 minutes.
- Wesleyan took 11 penalty corners and Mount Holyoke was awarded nine, with Iannarone putting some great balls into play for the Cardinals from the corner line.
- Wood made 10 of her 12 saves in the first half, and Turner finished with five stops for the hosts.
- Frattasio led all players with five shots, with two on target, and freshman midfielder Amy Schaap put three of her four shots on net. Braz, Ramsden and sophomore Anna Ballou tallied four shots, respectively, for Mount Holyoke, with Braz putting all four on goal.
- The Cardinals will focus in on a critical NESCAC Conference tilt on Saturday (noon) against Bates at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.