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Cardinals Fall to No. 6 Middlebury, 3-0

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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.