Blair Ingraham '14 Scores Game's Lone Goal, Tori Redding '13, NESCAC POW, Makes 13 Saves as Field Hockey Shuts Out #17 Trinity
Behind 13 saves from NESCAC Player of the Week goalkeeper Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo insert upper left), Wesleyan field hockey, ranked 20th nationally in Division III in the latest NFHCA poll, earned a 1-0 victory over 17th-ranked Trinity Sat.,Oct. 2. With the win, Wesleyan improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in NESCAC action, matching its conference win total from 2009.
Blair Ingraham '14 (#18, main photo) provided the only scoring on the afternoon with her second career tally. The Trinity keeper came out of the cage on a penalty corner, allowing Ingraham to tap the ball into an open net at 20:31. To see a short clip on the winning goal, click < here
>. Ingraham currently ranks third on the team with five points (two goals, one assist), tied with Averill Roberto '13 in that category.
Trinity nearly netted the equalizer in the final minutes of the half, but strong play from Redding kept it a 1-0 game. With just under seven minutes left, Redding stopped one Trinity shot and was able to seal off the edge of the cage and stop a follow-up Bantam shot, preserving the shutout.
Trinity kept the offensive pressure on throughout the second half, outshooting Wesleyan by a 9-3 margin, but Redding made nine of her 13 saves in the period. Trinity's final opportunity came with 40 seconds remaining when the Bantams were awarded a penalty corner, but the Wesleyan defense, led by Hilary Nabhan '11, snuffed out the opportunity.
Shots were even in the contest at 15-15, while Trinity held a 7-5 edge in penalty corners.
With the victory, Wesleyan snapped a three-game losing streak to Trinity and avenged a 3-2 overtime loss in Hartford in 2009. Wesleyan has won five of its last six home games against Trinity, all by shutout.
Wesleyan will return to NESCAC action on Saturday with a game at undefeated Bowdoin, a team Wesleyan defeated in 2009, 3-2, on penalty strokes. The Polar Bears, ranked sixth nationally in Division III, currently stand 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Before then, however, Wesleyan will travel to Eastern Connecticut St. on Thursday night, hoping to extend its perfect 6-0 all-time mark against the Warriors. Wesleyan took a 3-0 victory over Eastern in Middletown in 2009.