MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University field hockey team lost a heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon as Georgia Cassidy scored the game-winner in the opening minutes of overtime to lead No. 20 Colby past the Cardinals, 1-0.
In a competitive defensive battle, Wesleyan placed five shots on goal but was unable to find the back of the net as it dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the NESCAC. The Mules improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.
- The first quarter featured excellent defense by both squads as neither team could get a good look on net.
- It was a similar story in the second until the closing minutes as the Cardinals put pressure on Colby. Wesleyan placed two shots on goal in the final three minutes of the half but was unable to find the back of the net as the teams entered the break in a 0-0 tie.
- With just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Colleen Carrigan fired a shot at net but Colby goalkeeper Emily Buckman made an excellent save.
- The Cardinals applied heavy pressure offensively for most of the fourth quarter and controlled the tempo, but were unable to take advantage and get on the board. Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie as the NESCAC rivals entered overtime.
- Early in the extra period, Cassidy sent a shot on goal that was saved but the rebound went right back to her as she lifted the shot above the goalie's outstretched leg to cross the goal line for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Carrigan led Wesleyan with three shots and two on goal. Goalkeeper Delaney Wood was excellent in net despite the loss as she stopped seven shots.
- Cassidy totaled 13 shots and six on goal to lead all players and Buckman recorded five saves in net for the shutout win.
- Colby held a 19-9 advantage in shots and a 13-8 lead in penalty corners.
- The Cardinals return to action on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a non-conference road game against Roger Williams, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.