MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood recorded 12 saves Saturday, but the Wesleyan University field hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 6 Middlebury College, 3-0. It was a game of two halves, but the Cardinals were unable to get on the board as they drop to 2-8 overall and 0-6 in league play. With the win, the Panthers improved to 9-2 on the season and 6-1 in the NESCAC.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- It was all Middlebury in the first half, as the visitors controlled the tempo.
- In the sixth minute, the Panthers scored their first goal of the game following a penalty corner. Lauren Schweppe found Annie Leonard who sent one into the back of the net.
- Middlebury continued to apply heavy pressure offensively and at the 28:52 mark, Grace Jennings dished a center feed to Danielle Brown in front of the goal as she one-timed the pass for the score, increasing the lead to two.
- In the closing seconds of the first, Audrey Quirk lifted a shot high but Wood leaped up and blocked the shot for an incredible save to keep it a two-goal game heading into the break.
- It took less than five minutes into the second half for the visitors to score their third goal of the game as Jennings sprinted down the field and sent a cross feed to Annie Leonard for the goal.
- However, the rest of the half was a different story as the Cardinals offense stepped it up and applied pressure often, but the Panthers defense remained resilient and kept Wesleyan scoreless en route to the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Middlebury held a commanding 14-1 lead in first half shots, but just a 10-8 edge in the second half. The Panthers also recorded 12 penalty corners to Wesleyan's five.
- Maddie Shea '20 led the Cardinals with three shots, but the home team was unable to put any on goal.
- Leonard finished with two goals and Jennings totaled two assists to lead all players.
- Wesleyan remains home for its next game and will host non-conference foe Wheaton on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Smith Field.