MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Maddie Shea scored her first goal of the season on Saturday for the Wesleyan University field hockey team during a hard-fought 2-1 setback over visiting Colby at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With Wesleyan (2-7, 0-5 NESCAC) trailing 2-0 in the 25th minute, senior captain Tess Iannarone sent a penalty corner into play from the left attacking side, and then Shea found the back of the net with a quick shot from left side of the circle.
- The Mules (7-3, 3-3 NESCAC) drew first blood in the sixth minute with sophomore Georgia Cassidy scoring from close range off a feed across the circle by freshman Merel van Gijzen. Cassidy struck again with a shot from distance in the 25th minute, notching her 12th goal of the season, which is tied for the second most in the NESCAC Conference.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood tied a career-best total of 14 saves, as she has now posted double-digit stops in four games this season. The Winslow, Maine native has 83 stops on the year, which puts her in the No. 2 slot within the conference. She made a phenomenal stop on an attempt by Cassidy in the 30th minute. Iannarone then made a tremendous defensive play with one minute remaining in the half, posting a steal right at the top of the circle, as she prevented a possible scoring opportunity for Colby.
- Wesleyan, which always focuses on work ethic under head coach Patti Klecha-Porter and assistants Blair Ingraham '14 and Kate Deren, continued to apply pressure in the second half, looking for the equalizer. It looked like the squad might find the back of net in the 49th minute, but freshman standout Nikki Gerjarusak's shot was denied by Mules junior goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer (6-3-0). Senior forward Cici Frattasio followed up with a bid, but her shot was blocked by the Colby defense.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Colby led the shots category, 27-12, with a 16-9 edge in the first half and an 11-3 lead in the second. Cassidy led the way with game highs of nine shots and six shots on goal, and van Gijzen and junior Merrill Read tallied six and five shots, respectively, for the visitors.
- Shea reeled off a team-best three shots for the hosts, while Frattasio, Gerjarusak, junior forward Ali Friend and freshman midfielder Amy Schaap each recorded two shots.
- Whitmyer earned the win with a pair of saves, while Colby attempted nine penalty corners and Wesleyan was awarded eight. The Cardinals were guilty of two green-card infractions.
- The Cardinals will take on No. 6 Middlebury on Sunday (noon) at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn. The unit will then square off against Wheaton (Mass.) on Tuesday evening (6 p.m.) at Smith Field.