Senior goalkeeper Sara Grundy's 16 saves were not enough as the Wesleyan Field Hockey team fell 3-0 to the visiting Middlebury College Panthers Sun Oct. 11, at Smith Field. The victory improves the Panthers record to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC. Wesleyan drops to 4-7 on season and 2-4 in conference play.
The teams played a scoreless first half with Middlebury controlling most of the action. The Panthers tallied nine first half shots, with seven being turned away by Grundy. Wesleyan generated four penalty corners, but were only able to register one first half shot.
Middlebury kept the pressure on in the second half and forced a penalty stroke at the 27 minute mark, but Grundy once again stood tall and turned the shot away. Head coach Patti Klecha-Porter explained post game, "We had multiple opportunities to score as well, which made it a well balanced game that I'm proud of. We also got timely saves from Grundy that kept us fired up"
The Panthers finally broke the scoreless tie at 56:45 when Annie Leonard fed Shannon Hutteman for her third goal of the season. Leonard then made the score 2-0 with her own goal nine minutes later at 65:07 and now has 25 points on the season, 10 goals and five assists.
Middlebury's final tally came just three minutes later at 68:44 when Bridget Instrum beat Grundy to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage. The three goal flurry in 12 minutes was enough to get the Panthers into the win column.
Wesleyan finished with one shot and five penalty corners, while MIddlebury got 23 shots off to go along with 16 corners.
Wesleyan continues NESCAC action next week when they host Williams, and Middlebury hosts Trinity that same day.