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Field Hockey Drops Tight Contest Against No. 16 Williams

Diana Schwarz scored with 16 seconds remaining to rob Williams of a shutout (Bre Cavanaugh '19).
Diana Schwarz scored with 16 seconds remaining to rob Williams of a shutout (Bre Cavanaugh '19).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan field hockey team (2-2, 0-2) fell 3-1 in a tight contest against No. 16 Williams (1-1, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon. First-year Diana Schwarz scored the lone Cardinal goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game for her third tally of the season.

"I am really proud of how our team played today," expressed head coach Christine Kemp. "We fought hard for 60 minutes and that shined through when we tallied a goal with just 16 seconds remaining. I would have liked to see us capitalize on our penalty corners today, but I believe we proved that we can play up to a national level."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Williams opened the scoring at the 3:59 mark after back-to-back shots by Claire Fitzpatrick were denied by Wesleyan goalkeeper Delaney Wood. After a scramble in front of the goal that sent Wood charging off her line, Emma Ticknor got a handle on the ball, sending it through to Emily Batchelor, who tipped it in for the 1-0 edge.
  • The Ephs made it 2-0 at the 10:29 mark after a penalty corner. Fitzpatrick collected the loose ball, before Catherine Torres found the back of the cage.
  • The Cardinals had two great chances to cut the deficit towards the end of the half. At the 26:28 mark Erica Horowitz redirected a sweeping pass from Nikki Gerjarusak, but the shot went just wide left. With 11 seconds remaining, Myla Stovall looked to capitalize on a penalty corner after beating a Williams defender, but her shot went just wide.
  • Wesleyan came out of the break strong, looking to cut the deficit to one. Schwarz had a great chance at the 38:10 mark when she redirected an initial shot by Grace Kohn, but a Williams defender blocked the shot.
  • The Ephs looked to tack on another goal at the 43:13 mark when Shea van den Broek had a breakaway opportunity, but Wood came charging out to deny a shot.
  • Just 29 seconds later, van den Broek found the back of the cage. Wesleyan's Olivia Baglieri made a defensive save to stop the first shot by Simone Veale, but van den Broek one-timed the rebound to make it 3-0.  
  • The Cardinals denied Williams of a shutout with just 16 seconds remaining on the clock. Schwarz tipped-in a through ball from Abby Manning for the 3-1 final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wood suffered the loss for Wesleyan, making 13 saves, while Abby Lloyd recorded one stop in the contest.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan hits the road on Tuesday, September 17th for a game at Mount Holyoke, before traveling to No. 9 Bowdoin on Saturday.