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Wellesley College 2, Connecticut College 1 Napolitano Stops 12 Shots for Camels

Wellesley College 2, Connecticut College 1 Napolitano Stops 12 Shots for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior forward Nathalie Gruet (Acton, Mass.) scored a pair of goals 2:25 apart in the opening half to lead the Wellesley College Field Hockey Team  to a 2-1 triumph over Connecticut College in the latest chapter of this longstanding New England rivalry played on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Wednesday night.

The 19th ranked Blue continued their torrid stretch of play, improving their mark to 7-1. The Camels fall to 3-2 with the setback. 

Gruet opened the scoring with 7:25 remaining in the half. Sophomore Hannah Flesch (Rockville, Md.) delivered a baseline pass and Gruet rifled home the goal into the back of the cage.  It was Flesch's team leading seventh assist of the season.

Then, with five minutes left in the half, Gruet buried a hit from the top of the circle. Meghan Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) assisted on the score and the visitors carried a 2-0 lead into the break. 

The Camels got one back 3:20 into the second stanza. Maggie Schroeder (Fox Point, Wisc.) dribbled in on a breakaway and unloaded from the top of the circle to trim the Camels' deficit to 2-1.

But the Camels could not get any closer and Wellesley was able to hold on for the 2-1 victory. 

Senior net-minder Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) made four saves in the victory for the Blue. Becca Napolitano (Hamden, Conn.) finished with 12 saves for the Camels.

Wellesley held a 14-to-5 advantage in shots and enjoyed a sizable 14-to-3 edge in penalty corners.