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Field Hockey Ends 2017 Season with 4-3 Comeback Win at Connecticut College

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

NEW LONDON, Conn. – A pair of one-goal deficits did not faze the Wesleyan University field hockey team on Wednesday evening, as the Cardinals scored four of the final six goals during a 4-3 season-ending, NESCAC Conference victory against Connecticut College in New London, Conn.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Senior forward Cici Frattasio closed out her outstanding collegiate run in a fitting fashion, notching her second multi-goal game of the season. Sophomore forward Erica Horowitz, who has played with an inspiring amount of energy off the bench all season long, netted her first career game-winning marker during the 27th minute, as the Cardinals (4-11, 1-9 NESCAC) received at least one point from five different players.
  • Horowitz, who has compiled three career goals, broke a 2-2 tie in the 27th minute, as the hardworking forward went into the middle of a scrum in the circle, and knocked the ball into the back of the net. Senior captain Tierney Behles made the visitors a little more comfortable during the 43rd minute, sending a low shot with a great deal of velocity into the cage, as freshman midfielder Amy Schaap picked up her first collegiate point with an assist on the tally.
  • The Camels (5-10, 1-9 NESCAC) earned a penalty stroke with five minutes left in the second half, and senior midfielder Meghan Lembo sent a shot over the shoulder of Cardinals sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood. The tally trimmed the Cardinals' lead to 4-3, as Behles's insurance goal proved vital.
  • Connecticut College opened the scoring on a tally in the ninth minute by senior Jacqueline Murphy, as she beat Wood far corner off a short pass by junior Jamie Navoni. Freshman forward Nikki Gerjarusak set up the Cardinals' first goal, making a run down the left side of the circle, and sending a diagonal pass to Frattasio, who quickly turned and put a shot into the right side of the net.
  • Navoni regained the lead for the hosts with her team-leading 10th goal in the 20th minute, but then Frattasio tallied her team-high ninth goal of the year during the 26th minute off a penalty corner by senior captain Tess Iannarone, knotting the contest at 2-2.
  • Wood (4-11) earned the win in between the pipes with a game-high seven stops. After the Cardinals went up 4-2, the Winslow, Maine native, who leads the conference with 139 saves, stood tall on multiple occasions, denying freshman Caroline Ferro in the 49th minute, and then in the 56th minute, she made a diving stop on a strong scoring chance by the always-dangerous Navoni.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan, which is 21-24-1 all time against Connecticut College, waves goodbye to its outstanding senior class in Frattasio, Iannarone, Behles, senior lockdown defender Lily Ardente and senior Brooke Hodgson.
  • Frattasio ends her career with 15 goals, three assists and 33 points, finishing her senior campaign with a 9-3-21 stat line. The nine goals this season are the ninth most within the entire NESCAC, and the 21 points is tied for the No. 10 slot.
  • The Cardinals, who avenged a crushing 4-3 loss in season-finale action last season to the Camels, received four shots from Behles, and Frattasio put all three of her drives on target.
  • Connecticut College, which held an 18-9 advantage in shots and a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal, was led by a six-shot performance by Navoni, as she tested Wood on five occasions.
  • Camels freshman goalkeeper Andi McGraw (5-10) was tagged with the loss during a one-save showing. The hosts held a commanding 8-2 advantage in penalty corners.