Field Hockey

Blair Ingraham '14 Gets Nod to All-NESCAC 1st Team & All-Region Squad, Cardinals Excel as NFHCA National Academic Team

Blair Ingraham (#18, photo) was selected first-team all-NESCAC as well as first-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) New England West after posting six goals along with two assists for 14 scoring points for the Cardinals during their 6-9 season.  Five of the team's nine losses came against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament while two others came against a 13-3 Amherst squad.  Four of the Cardinals' seven losses against these six teams, which have a collective record of 90-15, came by just one goal.

Ingraham ranked second on the squad in scoring behind Amber Bruckner '14, who had six goals and three assists for 15 points.  Right behind Bruckner and Ingraham in scoring for Wesleyan was Hannah Plappert '16, who had five goals and two assists for 12 points.  These three combined for 17 of the Cardinals' 20 goals during the season.

Ingraham, a four-year standout who started all 60 games during her career, racked up 16 goals and nine assists for 41 career scoring points.  She also served as the flyer on defense to break up opponent penalty-corner opportunities.  Rivals had 158 corners this year and converted just six times for a four-percent efficiency.

Wesleyan got solid goaltending throughout the year from first-year starter Sara Grundy '16, who posted a 1.84 goals-against average and a .792 save percentage.  

Wesleyan was named an NHFCA National Academic Squad with a team GPA of 3.5-0 during the fall, 2-13 semester.  Seventeen players on the team were recognized for the academic achievement individually, led by Emily Hart '17, who made the Scholar of Distinction list for a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or above.  Named to the National Academic Squad were Ingraham and Bruckner, both for the fourth straight year, along with Vanessa Block '15, Michaela Celella '16, Claire Edelman '17, Maddie Flax '16, Lilah Fones '15, Grundy, Hart, Mackey Hemphill '15, Anna Howard '15, Colleen Lynch '17, Caroline MacNeille '16, Alyssa Murray '16, Plappert, Sarah Prickett '17 and Taylor Wells '14.

Wesleyan loses three starters to graduation as Ingraham and Bruckner are joined by Wells in the senior class.