Field Hockey Battles Eventual NCAA Champ Tufts Close but Falls in NESCACs, 2-0 - Three Cards Get Post-Season Honors Led by Tori Redding '13 & Ashley McLaren '13 - Team 2nd-Rank Academic Nationally
Drawing second-seeded Tufts in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament, the Cardinals played nearly 60 minutes of scoreless action against the eighth-ranked and once-beaten Jumbos, but a pair of goals in a span of 3:19 late in the contest turned the outcome in favor of the homestanders, 2-0, Sat, Oct. 27. Tufts moved on to face third-seeded Bowdoin in one semifinal while top-seeded and host Middlebury tackled fifth-seeded Amherst Sat., Nov. 3. Though Tufts lost to Bowdoin in the NESCAC semis, the Jumbos went on to run the table in the NCAAs and claim a national title.
Playing her final game as a Cardinal, goalie Tori Redding '13 (#60, central photo) turned aside six Jumbos scoring bids as Tufts outshot Wesleyan, 11-6. The Cardinals did an outstanding job of limiting the opportunities generated by Tufts from its 10 penalty corners. Wesleyan had just one corner in the contest. Still, the goals came in the 60th and 63rd minute.
Redding started her 60th consecutive contest as she played all but 35 minutes in net over her four seasons. With nearly 4,280 minutes of work, Redding, who was a second-team NFHCA All-American in 2010 and a first-team all-NESCAC pick that year as well, posted a career 1.55 goals-against average and a .812 save percentage. Her career record was 33-27. She added an invitational to the 2012 NFHCA Senior All-Star game at William Smith College Sat., Nov. 17 to her list of accomplishments along with second-team all-New England West by the NFHCA.
Also playing their final game for Wesleyan were four other seniors. Three of them occupied the top three spots in the scoring clumn for Wesleyan in 2012 as Averill Roberto '13 (#8, photo upper right) led the team with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Next was Ashley McLaren '13 (#12, photo lower left) with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. She was named a second-team all-NESCAC pick after a vote of the conference coaches as well as an NHFCA New England West second-team selection. Right behind was Taryn Murray '13 (#16, photo upper left) with six goals and four assists for 16 points. McLaren played and started 59 of a possible 60 games during her career with 11 goals and 13 assists to her credit. Murray played all 60 games with 52 starts while collecting 20 goals and 11 helpers. Roberto had 14 goals and seven assists over her four seasons, playing in 50 contests while starting all 15 games in 2012.
Also completing her career was defender Chantal Ferguson '13 (#5, photo lower right), who has been a staple force for three seasons, playing and starting 39 games over the stretch. She joined Redding and McLaren as a second-team NHFCA New England West all-star.
Wesleyan ended 2012 with a 7-8 overall record and a 4-6 conference mark. After tying for first place for team GPA in 2011 with a cumulative 3.53 fall GPA, Wesleyan improved slightly to a 3.55 GPA in fall, 2012, but finished in a tie for second nationally. Just ahead with a 3.56 GPA was MIT. Sixteen members of the team were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad with Ferguson, McLaren, Murray, Redding and Roberto all making the squad each of their four years.