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#9 Wellesley College 3, Connecticut College 1 Vaillancourt-Paiva Connect on 1st Half Score for Camels

#9 Wellesley College 3, Connecticut College 1 Vaillancourt-Paiva Connect on 1st Half Score for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—First year forward Rachel Hwang (Campbell, Calif.), Hannah Flesch (Rockville, Md.) and Courtney Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) all contributed with scores to lead the ninth ranked Wellesley College field hockey team to a 3-1 victory at Connecticut College Thursday night.

The Blue improved to 6-0 with the victory. Head coach Julia King's squad has out-scored the opposition by a count of 21-to-4 in the first month of the season.

The Camels (1-5) scrapped from opening to finish and are clearly progressing under the direction of second year head coach Chrissy Needham.  Connecticut College has played three of its first games against teams ranked in the top 10.

The Camels opened the scoring in the fourth minute of action. Sophomore Katlyn Paiva (pictured, Rehoboth, Mass.) was celebrating her birthday with the team tonight but Paiva thought it was better to give than to receive so she set up the Camels' first goal of the night with a smash from the left side of the circle. Sophomore Colbi Vaillancourt (Manchester, N.H.) was able to re-direct the ball into the back of the cage to put the hosts on top 1-0. 

But Wellesley scored the next two goals, taking the lead for good when Flesch tipped one in with 4:24 remaining in the half. A nice defensive stand and save by Camel keeper Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) thwarted another scoring bid for Wellesley as time expired in the first half.

The Camels continue to stick with the Blue in the second half, out-shooting the visitors by an 11-to-10 margin.

Van der Velde made three saves in the first half. Lauren Pianucci (Glen Gardner, N.J.) stepped off the bench to contribute five saves for the Camels in the second stanza.

Rookie midfielder Lauren Hirshom (Walpole, Mass.) anchored the Camel midfield in a nice performance.

 Peterson scored the only goal of the second half when she put back her own rebound 8:52 out of the intermission.

 Lucy Hurlock (Needham, Mass.) finished with 11 saves for the visitors.


Both teams will play their next games Saturday at noon. The Blue will visit Mount Holyoke College while the Camels take on Hamilton right in a pivotal mid-season NESCAC showdown right here in New London.