MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior forward Cici Frattasio scored twice on Saturday afternoon, including a late score to cut the deficit to one with just over six minutes to play, but the Wesleyan University field hockey team's late rally came up short as the Cardinals lost to Bates College, 4-2.
Despite the loss, which drops Wesleyan to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC, sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood was terrific in net as she registered nine saves. The Bobcats were led by Taylor Lough, who also scored twice, as they improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals put two shots on net in the opening minutes, but it was Bates who got on the board first when Ally Leahy redirected a pass from Grace Firtzgerald into the back of the net at the 14:57 mark.
- However, Wesleyan quickly responded as Frattasio sent one past goalkeeper Adelae Durand roughly 30 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1.
- Neither team would score the rest of the half.
- After 4:21 of scoreless action in the second, Lough redirected a pass from Emily Gianunzio for her first goal of the game as the Bobcats took a 2-1 advantage.
- The visitor's increased their lead to two with 11:15 to play in regulation as Victoria McGee scored the game winner.
- Frattasio got the Cardinals within one at the 63:53 mark, but less than three minutes later, Lough put the game away with her second score of the contest to seal the win for Bates.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Frattasio and Ali Friend '19 each registered two shots on goal to the lead Wesleyan offensively, while Lough and Caroline O'Reilly totaled four and three for the Bobcats, respectively.
- Bates held a 22-9 advantage in shots and 9-5 lead in penalty corners.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Souza started the second half for the visitor's and earned the victory.
- The Cardinals return to Smith Field on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and will host Tufts at 6 p.m. under the lights.