Field Hockey Seeking Fourth Winning Season in a Row against Tough NESCAC Competition
In 2011, Wesleyan field hockey extended its streak of consecutive wins over non-conference rivals to 14 while posting its third straight winning mark with an 8-7 record. In 2012, team co-captains Tori Redding '13 (photo insert left side) and Ashley McLaren '13 (main photo) will be looking to lead the squad to another victorious season.
Back are 14 letterwinners from 2011, eight of whom were consistent starters and six are seniors. Redding has been the starting goalie from her first game as a freshman and was a second-team All-American in 2010. Last year, she played every minute and posted a 1.31 GAA and a .813 save percentage. Six of her eight wins came via shutout. She now has 12 career shutouts and has started 45 consecutive games for the Cardinals, playing all but 35 minutes over the three campaigns. While Wesleyan graduated its top two scorers in Morgan McCauley '12 and Liz Chabot '12, returning starters Taryn Murray '13, Blair Ingraham '14 and McLaren will look to carry the offensive load. Also back as first-stringers are Taylor Wells '14, Vanessa Block '15, Chantal Ferguson '13 and Lilah Fones '15. Others with extensive playing time from 2011 include Averill Roberto '13, Maureen Malloy '13, Amber Bruckner '14, Jess Hanway '15, Mackey Hemphill '15 and Anna Howard '15. Nine newcomers will be welcomed onto the squad for 2012, and a number of them are expected to be blue-chippers. Among the frosh is Alyssa Murray '16, sister of Taryn.
The Cardinals open the season Sat., Sept. 8 when they travel to Bowdoin to face the Polar Bears, one of 10 NESCAC rivals on the schedule. A year ago, Bowdoin escaped Middletown with a 1-0 win, scoring the game's only goal on a controversial play with just two minutes remaining.