AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University and Amherst field hockey teams have met up on some big stages this past decade, as the two squads met in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament in three of four seasons from 2010-13.
On Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass., the Cardinals and No. 10-ranked Mammoths continued their deep and meaningful rivalry with Amherst claiming a 3-0 win on Senior Day.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In sports, nothing can replicate game-day experience and the Cardinals' 17 underclassmen continue to get valuable experience, as the team is looking to move up the ranks in the NESCAC Conference in the coming years. Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood, who has carried the entire load this season in net for the Cardinals (3-11, 0-9 NESCAC), compiled a game-high five saves on Saturday. She leads the conference with 132 saves, clearing second place by 20, while she also checks in at No. 6 in save percentage (.754).
- Wesleyan's 22-player roster is comprised of eight sophomores and six first-year players, with rookies Amy Schaap and Nikki Gerjarusak (three goals, six points, two game winners) making quite an initial impression.
- Amherst found its rhythm early with junior Kendall Codey putting her fifth goal of the season into the cage during the fifth minute. Senior Elizabeth Turnbull, who leads the Mammoths with 19 points, fired a shot, which Wood denied, and then Codey knocked in the rebound. In the 16th minute, Turnbull was granted a penalty stroke, but Wood did a good job closing up the net with the drive going wide.
- Right at the end of the opening half, Amherst claimed a two-goal cushion, as Codey was on the assist side this time, seting up junior Shannon Tierney with an opportunity, as the Garden City, N.Y. native was able to solve Wood from the left side of the circle.
- Turnbull then notched her team-leading eighth mark of the season unassisted in the 56th minute, adding more breathing space for the hosts. She found the ball in a scrum within the circle immediately after a penalty corner, and then sent a bullet into the right corner of the net.
- The last time the two Little Three opponents met in the postseason was during the 2013 season, as head coach Patti Klecha-Porter and her talented group of Cardinals went back and forth with top-seeded Amherst, falling by a narrow margin of 1-0. Wesleyan's last victory against Amherst came by way of a 6-0 result during the 2005 campaign.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Amherst finished with an 11-1 shot advantage and an 8-1 edge in shots on goal. Turnbull and Codey finished with four shots and three on net, respectively.
- Senior forward Cici Frattasio tried to put the Cardinals on the board in the 60th minute, but Mammoths junior goalkeeper Katie Savage turned the shot away. Savage (2-1) recorded her second straight shutout for Amherst.
- Amherst led the penalty-corner battle, 9-0, and the Cardinals were issued one green card.
- The Cardinals will look to end their 2017 regular season on a positive note during a 6:30 p.m. showdown at Connecticut College on Wednesday in New London, Conn.