MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan field hockey team came up short on Saturday afternoon despite a strong rally in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals lost to No. 13 Bates on Smith Field, 2-1.
Trailing 2-0 entering the fourth quarter, Wesleyan's Amy Schaap cut the deficit to one in the closing minutes and the Cardinals continued to apply pressure offensively but were unable to even the score as they dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-6 in the NESCAC. Emily Gianunzio scored the first goal of the game and Ally Leahy recorded the game-winner as the Bobcats improved to 7-3 and 4-3.
- The first half went back-and-forth often in an evenly played half, while Bates controlled the third quarter and the Cardinals took the momentum in the fourth.
- In the first 15 minutes of action, the best scoring opportunity by either team occurred with roughly five minutes remaining in the first as Olivia Baglieri received a pass in front of the net. Her first attempted was stopped by goalie Ellie Bauer but it bounced back to Baglieri, whose second attempt went wide right.
- Neither team was able to get a good look on goal in the second stanza as the game entered halftime in a 0-0 tie.
- Bates came out strong in the second half and controlled the tempo for most of the third. At the 32:58 mark, Paige Cote stood to the far right of the net, just inside the shooting circle, and found Gianunzio in front of the goal as she one-timed the shot between the goalie's legs.
- Less than eight minutes later, Bates registered an insurance tally which proved to be the game-winner as Leahy found the back of the net with under five minutes remaining in the third.
- The fourth quarter was a different story. After several shots in front of the net were saved by Bauer, Schaap eventually caromed a ball into the bottom left corner to get Wesleyan within one with under 10 minutes to play.
- However, despite the momentum shifting in the Cardinals' favor, the home team was unable to get a good look on goal the rest of the way as Bates held on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held a slight 13-12 edge in shots and 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams had six penalty corners.
- Delaney Wood stopped five shots for the Cardinals.
- Wesleyan is back in action again tomorrow and will host No. 19 Babson at 1 p.m. The Cardinals will honor their seven-member senior class prior to the start of the game.