MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University field hockey team showed its true colors on Tuesday evening.
The Cardinals dominated the first half of play against visiting Wheaton (Mass.), but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. Instead of hanging their heads, the Cardinals came back with even more energy in the second half, and put three goals on the scoreboard in less than seven minutes during a 3-1 win at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- This was a complete team win for the Cardinals (3-8), as four different players made their way onto the scoresheet. Senior forward Cici Frattasio led the charge with one goal and two assists for four points, as she factored into all three goals.
- Senior captain Tess Iannarone, who has done all the little things that do not show up in the box score all season long, netted the game-winning tally in the 44th minute, which was her first game-winning marker on the collegiate stage. Frattasio orchestrated the play by sending a pass from the middle of the circle onto the stick of Iannarone, who sent a bouncing ball into the back of the net from point-blank range on the left side.
- Before fans were even able to finish celebrating the first tally, the Cardinals raced right back down the field, and found the back of the net 17 seconds later. Sophomore forward Maddie Shea, who scored a goal during a 2-1 setback against Colby last Saturday, sent a crisp pass onto the stick of Frattasio, as the hard-working forward sent a drive into the cage.
- Sophomore forward Erica Horowitz and Frattasio showcased their chemistry in the 51st minute. Horowitz established position deep in the left side of the circle, and Frattasio, who is always generating offense with her field vision, sent a perfect pass across the circle, which Horowitz hit into the open net, giving the Cardinals a commanding 3-0 lead.
- The Lyons (4-7) kept battling to the final whistle and found their way onto the board in the 62nd minute, as senior forward Kelsey Buckley tallied her team-leading ninth goal of the season, assisted by senior forward Katie Peters.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood continued to be a strong presence in net, making three saves in her third victory of the season. The Winslow, Maine native stood up in a big way during the 66th minute, turning away a strong attempt by Peters, which could have brought Wheaton to within one.
- Junior Alyssa Wood, and sophomores Rachel Pomerantz and Claire Taub played great all-around games for Wesleyan, as the three were active all over the field, making steals, playing long balls down field and complementing the smooth transition game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Frattasio, who leads the Cardinals with five goals, three assists and 13 points, posted a game-high nine shots and a game-leading five shots on goal. Iannarone tallied seven shots, with four on net, and freshman forward Nikki Gerjarusak attempted six shots.
- Buckley led Wheaton with four shots and two on goal, while Lyons senior goalkeeper Riley Thompson posted a game-high 14 saves.
- The Cardinals held a 17-4 advantage in shots during the opening 35 minutes, and then outshot the Lyons, 12-7, in the second half. Wesleyan also won the penalty-corner category, 7-3, with Pomerantz and Iannarone nearly teaming up for a couple goals off corners.
- Wesleyan improved to 15-11-2 all time against Wheaton, with the rivalry dating back all the way to the 1983 season.
- The Cardinals will look to carry the momentum into Senior Day action on Saturday (noon) at Smith Field, as the squad will take on NESCAC Conference foe Williams. Wesleyan will honor its outstanding five-player senior class, featuring Frattasio, Iannarone, captain Tierney Behles, defender Lily Ardente and captain Brooke Hodgson.