MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Nikki Gerjarusak '21 scored the game-winning goal in the seventh minute Wednesday evening to lift the Wesleyan University field hockey team (2-1) to a 1-0 win over in-state rival Eastern Connecticut State (1-2) on Smith Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- It didn't take long for Gerjarusak to score as the freshman took advantage of a loose ball on the left side of the shooting circle and sent it past the goalkeeper at the 7:08 mark. The Wayland, Mass. native has now scored a goal in each of her first three collegiate games and leads the team with six points on three goals.
- Both defenses held strong the rest of the way, making it difficult for either team to place a shot on net as Wesleyan took the 1-0 lead into the break.
- In the second half, the Cardinals pieced together a strong scoring opportunity with just under 10 minutes to play. Following a penalty corner, Ali Friend '19 sent a shot at net that was blocked by a defender. Cici Frattasio '18 was there for the rebound but her attempt was saved by Eastern Connecticut's goalkeeper, Maddie LaRusso.
- The visitor's applied heavy offensive pressure in the closing minutes, but couldn't get off a clean shot at net as Wesleyan held off the score en route to its first home win of 2017.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals outshot ECSU 19-10, and held a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners.
- Delaney Wood '20 notched her second win of the season (2-1), and first shutout of her career as she recorded four saves between the posts. LaRusso stopped five shots in a losing effort, and is now 1-3 this season.
- Gerjarusak and Erica Horowitz '20 paced Wesleyan with two shots on goal apiece.
- The Cardinals open NESCAC play on Saturday, Sept. 16 as they head to No. 8 Bowdoin for an 11 a.m. start.