Field Hockey Closes Regular Season with 3-1 Win at Conn, but Falls to #1 Amherst in NESCACs
Defeating Conn. College for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings, Wesleyan got two goals from the combined efforts of top scorers Amber Bruckner '14 (#10, left side photo), Blair Ingraham '14 (#18, photo top right) and Hannah Plappert '16 (#9, photo bottom right) to move out to an early 2-0 lead en route to a 301 victory Wed., Oct. 26. Despite the win, Wesleyan was unable to progress in the NESCAC standings and qualified for the tourmament as the #8 seed. Wesleyan traveled to #1 seed Amherst Sat., Nov. 2 for a first-round matchup. The teams met in the regular season two weeks early with Amherst recovering from a 2-1 halftime deficit to prevail, 4-3. This time, it proved to be a defensive battle with Amherst edging Wesleyan, 1-0.
At Conn, Ingraham netted her sixth goal of the year as Plappert carried the ball into Conn territory and dished off to Ingraham for the scoring shot 13:59 into the first half. Just 41 second later, Plappert pounded home her fifth goal of the season with Bruckner gaining the assist on her well placed pass down low. After the Camels cut the deficit to 2-1 before halftime, Wesleyan netted the only goal of the second half off the stick of Alyssa Murray '16, her first of the season in her eighth game since returning from injury. Bruckner set up the goal with seven minutes to play in picking up her second assist of the evening.
In the Cardinal net, Sara Grundy '16 had five saves as Wesleyan enjoyed a 17-10 overall margin in shots and a 16-6 edge in shots on goal.
During the NESCAC quarterfinal, Amherst got the game's only goal in the 25th minute off one of the Lord Jeffs' 13 penalty corner in the contest. Otherwise, Grundy was up to the task with 10 saves but the Cardinal attack was held in check as the Amherst keeper posted five saves. Wesleyan had just three corner opportunities. The loss left Wesleyan with a final overall record of 6-9 after finishing 4-6 in the conference.