BRISTOL, R.I. – Senior standout forward Cici Frattasio posted a three-point game in the season opener for the Wesleyan University field hockey team on Tuesday evening, as the Cardinals recorded a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Gerjarusak did not waste any time announcing her arrival to the field for the Cardinals (1-0), as she netted the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute off a perfectly executed give and go with Frattasio. Gerjarusak carried the ball down the left side in the attacking zone and made a short pass to Frattasio just outside the circle, and then Frattasio threaded the needle with Gerjarusak putting her first collegiate goal into the left corner.
- The Hawks (1-1), who beat Johnson & Wales, 2-1, in their opener on Friday, Sept. 1, drew first blood in the eighth minute, as senior captain Jenna Clavette buried a shot into the left corner of the net off a nice feed across the middle of the circle by junior Lillian McNeil.
- The Cardinals started controlling the tempo of the game and gaining the territorial advantage immediately after falling behind, 1-0, as the squad reeled off two shots and earned three penalty corners between the 10th and 12th minutes.
- Frattasio, who led the Cardinals in goals (five) and points (10) in 2016, made sure the sustained pressure paid dividends, as she netted her first goal of 2017 during the 12th minute. Senior captain and midfielder Tess Iannarone got things rolling with a penalty corner, and then sophomore midfielder/defender Kayla Di Sibio fired a shot on net, allowing Frattasio to find the back of the net from point-blank range off the rebound.
- It appeared Wesleyan might take a lead into halftime, as the group peppered Hawks junior goalkeeper Mya Lunn (1-1) with five shots in the final 1:49 of the first half, but Lunn answered with four strong saves during the span.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood (1-0), who appeared in seven games as a rookie, compiled two exceptional saves on freshman Emma Stevens in the opening half during the 20th and 32nd minutes, respectively, for the visitors.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. The visitors' diligent and aggressive work in the offensive zone paid off with 11 penalty corners, while the Cardinals were smart on defense, relinquishing only two.
- Frattasio led the way with a game-high six shots (three on goal), while Gerjarusak (three on goal) and Iannarone each chipped in with four. Stevens and sophomore Sydney McCarthy contributed with a pair of shots for the hosts.
- Lunn finished with a game-high eight saves for Roger Williams and Wood registered a trio of stops, including a solid one in the 54th minute to keep the one-goal advantage intact.
- Gerjarusak, sophomore Abby Manning, and freshmen Amy Schaap and Liz Colannino made their debuts for Wesleyan Tuesday.
- The Cardinals will compete in their home opener on Saturday (noon) against Babson at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn. Next on the radar will be a matchup against visiting Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m., with NESCAC competition beginning at Bowdoin on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m.