MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Trailing 2-0 on the part, the Wesleyan box hockey staff scored early within the 3rd quarter however their hopes of a comeback have been dashed as No. 11 ranked Williams held off the rally try in a 2-1 win for the Ephs from Smith Field on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan drops to 3-9 (1-7 NESCAC) on the season in what’s their 3rd directly defeat by a one-goal margin towards a ranked opponent. Williams strikes to 8-3 (4-3 NESCAC) within the win.
Williams ruled the early going, hemming ownership within the Cardinal protection finish for lots of the first part. Audrey Pace ’26 used to be pressured into motion, wanting to make 5 saves within the opening 1:32 of the sport.
All the Ephs early drive sooner or later ended in a target as Kelly McCarthy scored off a rebound in open play. Kiki Higgins noticed her preliminary try denied by Pace however the rebound bounced out to McCarthy who made no mistake for the early 1-0 Williams lead.
More than halfway via the second one quarter, the Ephs went up 2-0 because the penalty nook used to be inserted immediately to Catherine Torres on the proper wing. She stepped right into a shot that went throughout the left publish with 5:12 final within the body.
After seeing Williams outshot the Cardinals 14-1 and generate six corners in comparison to none for Wesleyan, the halftime damage used to be simply what the house aspect wanted as Diana Schwarz ’23 discovered an early target to begin the second one part. Schwarz stuck the Ephs in ownership in their very own defensive finish, after forcing the turnover, Schwarz carried in and because the goalkeeper got here off her line, the Cardinal ahead slid one previous Gates Tenerowicz to chop the deficit in part simply 34 seconds into the 3rd.
Just over a minute later, Pace made any other save sooner than Kiernan McColgan ’26 made a defensive save on a rebound try from Emily Batchelor to keep the one-goal deficit.
Wesleyan indubitably had probabilities, producing 4 corners within the 3rd whilst the Ephs went with out one, however all 4 of the ones corners didn’t generate a shot on-target because the deficit used to be nonetheless 2-1 heading into the fourth.
As the Ephs sat again to keep their lead within the fourth, neither aspect used to be in a position to generate a lot offensively as every staff controlled only one shot try in all the quarter. Wesleyan’s easiest likelihood got here on a nook with 4:30 final however Georgia Adams ’26 noticed her try blocked and the sport completed in a 2-1 Ephs victory.
Wesleyan venerated its Class of 2023 previous to the sport because the Schwarz twins (Diana and Lois) in addition to Leah Ewers ’23 and Grace Kohn ’22 have been all venerated along their households.
Diana Schwarz now has seven objectives to steer the staff and up her occupation overall to 23 objectives and 52 occupation issues in 42 video games.
Wesleyan will head to Salve Regina for a Tuesday evening non-conference showdown at 6 PM.