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Field Hockey Edged 3-2 by Hamilton

Nikki Gerjarusak got Wesleyan on the board, scoring the first goal (David Wuerth).
Nikki Gerjarusak got Wesleyan on the board, scoring the first goal (David Wuerth).

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan field hockey team (5-8, 1-7) scored twice in the second half, but it was not enough, as Hamilton (5-7, 3-6) hung on for the 3-2 victory. Today marked the ninth meeting all-time between the two teams, as the Continentals now hold a 5-4 edge in the series.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hamilton got on the board at the 7:20 mark after a penalty corner by Cat Donohue. Michaela Guittari stopped the insert and rifled a hard shot on goal that Wesleyan goaltender Delaney Wood got a piece of the ball, but it just sneaked inside the left post for the 1-0 lead.
  • The Continentals had a good chance to double the lead with 13:46 expired after a penalty corner. Giuttari sent a pass to Sarah Pierpont on the post, but Pierpont's tip-in attempt went just wide.
  • Hamilton extended its advantage to 2-0 at the 21:37 mark when Maddie Beitler redirected a shot by Giuttari.
  • Wesleyan answered just 19 seconds later when Nikki Gerjarusak dribbled past three Continental defenders on the right side, before tucking the ball inside the left post to make it 2-1.  
  • The Continentals responded with 24:25 expired when Donohue one-timed an insert by Pierpont into the bottom left for the 3-1 advantage.
  • The Cardinals cut the deficit to one (3-2) at the 32:06 mark. Grace Kohn sent a centering pass to Diana Schwarz, before Schwarz worked around a Hamilton defender, before finding the bottom left corner.
  • Wesleyan had a handful of chances for the equalizer, but a strong Continental defense denied all chances as Hamilton hung on for the 3-2 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wood made six saves in goal for the Cardinals, while Maggie Reville stopped nine shots to earn the win.
  • The Continentals held a slight edge in shots (20-16), while each team took 14 penalty corners.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are idle for a week before traveling to Trinity on Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. start.