Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 2 Wells Buries Game-Winning Stroke for Camels

Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 2 Wells Buries Game-Winning Stroke for Camels

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Oct. 29) - Connecticut College rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to secure a 3-2 field hockey victory over homestanding Wesleyan in the regular-season finale for both teams.  As a result, the Camels and Cardinals tied with Hamilton for the eighth and final seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, all with 2-8 league records.  Each was 1-1 against the other two and each had beaten Bates for its second conference victory.  Thus, the NESCAC office used a random draw to break the tie and Hamilton was awarded the final playoff spot, putting Wesleyan and Connecticut College at season's end.

The Camels had three different players put the ball in the back of the net in a span of 8:24 to move ahead 3-2 with 9:28 left on the contest.  Wesleyan managed just one corner the rest of the way, that with 1:34 left, but could not get off a shot and Connecticut College held on for the win, just its fourth in the last 18 meetings with Wesleyan.  Still, the Camels lead the overall series, 23-20-1.  
The game-winner came off the stick of sophomore Maggie Wells as she put home a penalty stroke low to the left of the cage just past the outstretched pad of Wesleyan junior keeper Sara Grundy.  The stroke was awarded when Camel senior Heidi Halsted took a shot from just inside the circle after a penalty corner that was stopped by a Cardinal defender, but it was ruled stopped with a foot, not a stick by the official and the stroke resulted.
Connecticut College had tied the score with 13:00 left as freshman Katlyn Paiva tipped in a long pass from the middle by Halsted just inside the left post.  It was her team-leading eighth goal of the year. Connecticut College had gotten on the board on the 61st minute when Wells sent in a ball from outside the circle that was kicked out by Grundy, but junior Jill Dahrooge was right on the doorstep to knock in the rebound from eight feet out for her third goal of the year.
Wesleyan built its 2-0 margin on the team-high eighth goal of the year by junior Hannah Plappert, who bounded a shot from long range inside the left post in the 11th minute to spot the Cardinals an early lead.  The shot followed a nice pass from senior Mackey Hemphill.  Hemphill then pushed in a rebound of a shot taken by senior Vanessa Block that bounced off sophomore goalie Ryley van der Velde, to make it a two-goal lead in the 51st minute.  Hemphill finished the year with three goals and three assists.
Van der Velde ended the game with five saves while Grundy picked up six stops.  Wesleyan also had two defensive saves.  Connecticut College finished with a 6-9 overall record while Wesleyan posted a 3-12 mark.