FIeld Hockey Gets Fifth Seed in NESCACs After Liz Chabot '12 Nets OT Winner vs. Conn - Amherst Prevails in NESCACs
Liz Chabot’s '12 (#4, photo by Scott Porter) goal with 2:24 left in the second overtime period carried Wesleyan past visiting Connecticut College, 2-1, Fri., Oct. 29 and into fifth place in the final NESCAC regular-season standings. Despite the loss, Conn holds down seventh place and also qualified for the NESCAC post-season tournament. Wesleyan earned a rematch with fourth-seeded Amherst, which overcame a 3-2 deficit to defeat Wesleyan, 4-3, a week ago in Middletown, in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament Sun., Oct. 31. Wesleyan qualified for the NESCAC tournament for the 10th time in the 11-year history of the event. Things did not go well for the Cardinals at Amherst as the Lord Jeffs prevailed, 3-0, to eliminate Wesleyan from post-season play.
Chabot netted her team-leading 11th goal of the year against Conn, receiving a centering pass from deep on the left side by Taylor Wells '14, giving her a one-on-one with the Conn goalie, who took a few steps out, allowing Chabot to find an opening between the keeper's pads and propel the ball into the goal.
The Camels got off the mark early against Wesleyan, scoring on the game’s first shot, the culmination just 1:14 into the contest of a three-way passing scheme begun with a free hit from outside the box on the left side.
It took Wesleyan until the 46th minute to get one past the Camels' netminder, who finished the game with seven saves. One of those saves came on a shot by Cardinal Taryn Murray '13 just a few seconds before Averill Roberto '13 collared the rebound, turned and put one home to even the count at 1-1. It was her fourth goal of the campaign.
Each team generated chances to win the game during the opening 27 minutes of overtime as Conn had five of its nine penalty corners in the game during extra time while Wesleyan had three corners during overtime. Neither team could cash in on the opportunities. Wesleyan goalie Tori Redding '13 (#0, photo insert upper right) recorded three of her nine total saves during overtime to give her teammates a chance to come through at the other end.
With the victory, the Cardinals reached the coveted 10-win plateau with their regular-season 10-4 mark. It is the fifth time in the last 11 seasons Wesleyan has collected double-digit triumphs but the first time since 2005.
At Amherst, Wesleyan created four early penalty corner situations but could not capitalize. Instead, Amherst converetd a pair of corner, one in the 28th minute and a second in the 45th minute before closing out the day's scoring with a strong rush in the 60th minute. Amherst had a 20-10 edge in shots and a commanding 16-5 margin in corners. Redding posted a solid 13 saves in the Wesleyan net, 10 of them in the first half to keep it a 1-0 game at intermission.
Wesleyan, 10-5 on the year, still had an outside chance at an NCAA berth which was determined Mon., Nov. 8. Only two NESCAC squads received at-large berths to join conference winner Bowdoin. Tufts and Middlebury found spots in the 24-team field. Neither Amherst nor Wesleyan was selected.