NEW LONDON, Conn. – A valiant comeback effort in the second half came up just short as the Connecticut College field hockey team dropped its season finale to Wesleyan by a 4-3 score at a super-soaked Silfen Field on Wednesday evening.
With both teams playing through a torrential downpour, the offenses took over and combined to score five times in the first half. Senior Jacqueline Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) and junior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) each found the back of the cage in the ninth and 20th minutes of play to give the Camels a 2-1 edge, but the Cardinals rallied to score twice in a span of 1:35 to move ahead. Erica Horowitz won a ball through a scrum of players and flicked the ball past Camel freshman netminder Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) to give the visitors a 3-2 advantage at the break.
Connecticut College (5-10, NESCAC 1-9) controlled play for most of the second half, outshooting Wesleyan by a 7-3 margin and having a commanding advantage in penalty corner opportunities. The Cardinals, however, doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when Tierney Behles capitalized off a feed into the low circle by Amy Schaap.
The Camels kept fighting and was able to cut the deficit in half when senior Meghan Lembo (Southington, Conn.) converted a penalty stroke, but that was as close as the hosts would come. A shot attempt by senior Cheyanne Asplundh (Huntington Valley, Pa.) in the 69th minute which could have been the equalizer sailed wide left, and the Cardinals escaped with the victory.
Delaney Wood turned away seven shots between the pipes to pick up the win versus Wesleyan (4-11, NESCAC 1-9), while McGraw was tagged with the loss for the Camels after making one stop. Sophomore Courtney Peyko (Grand Isle, Vt.) also came up with a key defensive save in the first half to keep the hosts within striking distance.
Connecticut College graduates five seniors and is slated to return 17 letterwinners as well as eight starters next season.