Hartford, Conn. – Senior forward Cici Frattasio notched her team-best seventh goal of the season for the Wesleyan University field hockey team off an outstanding lob pass by sophomore forward Maddie Shea on Wednesday evening, but the Cardinals suffered a 6-1 NESCAC Conference loss to Trinity in Hartford, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With 15 minutes remaining, freshman forward Nikki Gerjarusak made a great run down the field for the Cardinals (3-10, 0-8 NESCAC), but a Trinity defender stripped her in the circle. Wesleyan kept on the attack and cashed in during the 57th minute, as junior midfielder Alyssa Wood made a pass into the middle of the field to Shea, who then sent a bouncing pass over a Bantam defender onto the stick of Frattasio. The Walpole, Mass. native turned around and launched a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
- Senior Kelcie Finn, who has 14 goals on the season, powered the Bantams (8-5, 4-5 NESCAC) with two goals and two assists. She netted the game winner with a backhand shot into the left side of the net during the 10th minute. The goal was difficult for Wesleyan to swallow, as the Cardinals established a rhythm in the offensive end in the ninth minute, and nearly found the back of the net on drives by Shea and senior captain Tess Iannarone.
- The Bantams were back on the attack in the 11th minute when Finn sent a textbook pass across the circle onto the stick of junior Chandler Solimine, and then the forward tapped the ball into the net 26 seconds after the first tally.
- Frattasio, who is putting together quite a senior campaign with seven goals, three assists and 17 points, appeared ready to bring the Cardinals within one during the 13th minute, but Bantams senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (8-4) made two strong saves on attempts from the right doorstep.
- Wood kept the Cardinals within striking distance in the 14th minute, denying a pair of shots by Finn with a great deal of velocity from the right edge of the box. The Winslow, Maine native, who compiled 12 saves in the game, then posted an outstanding kick save on a drive by Finn in the 26th minute.
- Sophomore midfielder Abby Manning, who is always dangerous with long balls for Wesleyan, sent a crisp pass onto the stick of Frattasio in the circle with five minutes left in the half, but the Bantams' defense converged and was able to take the ball away.
- Trinity, which is in the midst of a playoff push, extended their lead to 3-0 in the 32nd minute on a shot from straight on by Finn, assisted by freshman Caroline Fisher.
- The Bantams added three more goals in the second half, with sophomore Jordan Ragland giving the hosts a 4-0 cushion less than three minutes into the half on a nice lead pass by Finn. Ragland found her way onto the scoresheet again in the 42nd minute, with a feed from the right side by Solimine.
- Sophomore Cara Bradley concluded the scoring for the Bantams, sending a shot into the net with 1:01 on the clock.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Frattasio currently sits in a tie for 10th within the NESCAC in goals and 12th in points. She sent five of her six shots on target Wednesday, and Shea contributed with a pair of shots for Wesleyan.
- Finn led all players with game highs of 20 shots and 11 shots on net, and Solimine put three of her four shots on target for the hosts.
- Trinity held a 30-11 edge in shots and an 18-6 lead in shots on goal, as each team attempted five penalty corners.
- The Cardinals will continue playing against the top teams in the nation, as they will travel to Little Three-rival and No. 10-ranked Amherst for a noon showdown on Saturday.