CLINTON, N.Y. – Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Wood recorded a game-high 10 saves and senior defender Lily Ardente made some tremendous defensive reads for the Wesleyan University field hockey team during a 4-0 setback at No. 9 Hamilton on Saturday in Clinton, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Lizzie Clarke recorded the game winner for the Continentals (6-2, 4-1 NESCAC) in the third minute, with junior Tatiana Bradley and senior Liz Wagenbach picking up assists. Hamilton extended its lead to 2-0, as sophomore Michaela Giuttari made a strong run down the pitch and sent a shot from the left side of the circle into the back of the net during the 11th minute. The Warwick, R.I. native has 11 goals on the season, which is tied for the most in the NESCAC Conference.
- After the initial push by the Continentals, the Cardinals (2-6, 0-4 NESCAC) settled in and went back and forth with Hamilton for the rest of the half, as the two teams traded scoring opportunities. Ardente was a force for the Cardinals in the defensive zone, making a great steal on the right attacking side less than 10 minutes into the game. The Providence, R.I. native was reading plays in advance all game, breaking up a 2-on-1 fast break with 16:30 left in the half, and then she prevented a potential breakaway with 20 minutes remaining in the second half.
- Wood (2-6), who has the second-most saves in the entire NESCAC this season with 69, kept the Cardinals within two heading into intermission, as she made some timely and aggressive stops. The Winslow, Maine native made an outstanding kick save on a drive by Clarke in the 15th minute, which came directly off a penalty corner from Bradley. Wood stood tall once again in the 21st minute, denying a shot from straight on by Clarke off a penalty corner by Bradley.
- Wesleyan tried to trim the deficit to one in the 17th minute, as senior captain Tess Iannarone sent a penalty corner onto the stick of freshman midfielder Amy Schaap, but Schaap's drive from the top of the circle went just wide of the left post. Senior forward Cici Frattasio, who leads the Cardinals with four goals and nine points this season, nearly put a turnaround shot into the back of the net in the 25th minute, but the attempt was corralled by Continentals junior goalkeeper Julia Booth (6-2).
- After a pair of infractions by Hamilton during the first five minutes of the second half, Wesleyan received a two-player advantage. With the Cardinals starting to increase the pressure, it appeared that if they were able to find the back of the net, the momentum was going to shift. In the 40th minute, Frattasio and freshman standout Nikki Gerjarusak pestered Booth with shots, but the Hamilton netminder was able to turn away the attempts.
- The Cardinals kept coming, with Gerjarusak, who has three goals in her rookie season, nearly cashing in on a redirection from point-blank range off a corner by Iannarone in the 47th minute, but Booth was able to deflect the shot.
- Hamilton put the game in safe hands during the 55th minute, as senior Eleni Neyland found the back of the net, assisted by senior Aly Skelly. The scoring concluded in the final moments with freshman Maddie Beitler knocking in her third goal of the season, assisted by senior Margaret Revera, as the play was started with a penalty corner by Neyland during the 70th minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Continentals held a 20-10 advantage in shots, including a 9-4 lead in the first half and an 11-6 edge in the second. Giuttari posted a game-high six shots for Hamilton, with all being on target, while Clarke sent four of her five attempts on goal.
- Frattasio led the way with a team-high four shots for the Cardinals, with three testing Booth, while Schaap (three shots) and Gerjarusak (three shots) combined for a trio of shots on net. Hamilton held a 14-6 lead in shots on goal.
- Booth earned the win and shutout for the Continentals, making six saves, while Hamilton held a 9-7 lead in penalty corners.
- The Cardinals will open a four-game homestand at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, against NESCAC Conference foe Colby at Smith Field. Next on the agenda will be a noon showdown against Middlebury at Smith Field on Sunday, Oct. 8.