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2018 Field Hockey Season Preview

Photo by Stan Godlewski
Photo by Stan Godlewski

SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University field hockey team enters the 2018 campaign with its sights set on a run to the postseason. Last fall, the Cardinals went through growing pains with a challenging schedule, but they concluded the 2017 season with a 4-3 comeback win over Connecticut College. This win is propelling Wesleyan into the 2018 season and the team is eager to make it back to the NESCAC Tournament this fall.

The Cardinals begin the 2018 season with two away contests before their home-opener against Roger Williams on Tuesday, September 11th at 5:00 p.m.

Head Coach Patti Klecha-Porter enters her 34th season at the helm of the program with an impressive resume of 206 career wins, 13 NESCAC playoff appearances, two ECAC New England Division III crowns and six seasons with 10 or more wins.

Wesleyan returns 15 players from last season and will add 11 newcomers, while waving goodbye to the team's leading scorer from a year ago, Cici Frattasio '18.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The Cardinals are excited to welcome back sophomore Nikki Gerjarusak, who started in all 15 games last season and found the back of the cage three times.
  • Junior-duo Erica Horowitz and Maddie Shea also contributed to the offense last year. Horowitz posted two goals and one assist, while Shea found the back of the cage once and had three helpers.  
  • On the defensive side, junior Rachel Pomerantz and sophomore Amy Schaap both posted defensive saves and are expected to be a force for the 2018 season.
  • Junior Delaney Wood will be back in goal this season. Wood found her rhythm last year, starting in all 15 games and improving her save percentage from .727 to .751.


COACHES' THOUGHTS

"The squad size of 23 field players and 3 goal keepers will provide depth in every position.  The energy and intensity has been positive.  The focus is on moving as a unit, creating a partnership, and developing opportunities to strengthen every situation."