Field Hockey Drops Wesleyan, 2-0
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 23, 2008) - First year Shara Robertson and junior Peggy Wefald each scored goals for the Mount Holyoke College women's field hockey team, which defeated non-conference foe Wesleyan University this evening at the Mount Holyoke Turf Field.
After a scoreless first half, the Lyons found the cage twice in the second half to secure their second win in a row and their first over Wesleyan since 1994. The Cardinals had come out on top in each of the previous 13 meetings between the programs. Both Mount Holyoke goals came off of penalty corner sets.
Neither team scored until the 50th minute, when Robertson posted her team leading 11th tally of the season. The goal was set up by junior Anne Doton, who blasted a shot toward the cage from outside the circle. Wesleyan first year goalkeeper Danie Leahy got her pads on the ball, but the rebound went right to Robertson, who knocked it in from close range. It was her second match winner of the 2008 season.
Using an assist from first year defender Tricia Chase, Wefald tacked on an insurance goal in the 64th minute. Chase started the play with a long feed from just inside the circle. After gaining control of the pass, Wefald tapped a shot past Leahy from the left side.
The Lyons finished with a 10-5 advantage in the shot column, and both squads had seven penalty corner opportunities. First year goalkeeper Katie Gibson made one save en route to her second straight shutout. She got some help from Chase, who came up with one defensive save in each half. Leahy stopped five shots for the guests.
Mount Holyoke (8-6, 3-4 NEWMAC) will round out its regular season slate on Saturday against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Preceding the match will be a dedication ceremony for the College's new track and turf field facility, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wesleyan (2-10, 0-7 NESCAC) will also be in action again on Saturday, when it visits Bates College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest beginning at noon.