Wesleyan rallies for 4-3 field hockey win
Wesleyan University's Hannah Plappert '16 scored two goals and the Cardinals rallied for a 4-3 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Campus Road Athletic Field on Sept. 28.
Early goals by Sam Sherman ’15 and Nikki Haskins ’14 put the Continentals (2-4 overall, 1-3 NESCAC) up 18 minutes in, but the Cardinals took the lead with three straight goals in a 12-minute span. After Eva Rosencrans ’17 tied the score at 3-3, Plappert put Wesleyan (3-4, 2-2) ahead for good on a low shot from close range with 9:30 left in the second half.
Sherman picked up her second goal this season just 4:15 into the first half on a scramble in front of the cage after a penalty corner. Katey Hopper ’15 was credited with an assist.
Haskins’ third goal of the year was an unassisted score. She carried the ball toward the goal, pulled goalkeeper Sara Grundy ’16 out from the cage and put her shot between Grundy and the near post.
Unassisted goals by Michaela Celella '16 just 1:04 before intermission and Blair Ingraham ’14 at 4:08 of the second period drew the Cardinals even. They took a 3-2 lead with 25:38 left when Plappert scored her first goal this season.
Rosencrans picked up her team-leading sixth goal of 2013 just 4:14 later on a rebound between the goalkeeper's legs after she had saved a shot. Grundy made seven stops.
Hannah Keohane ’17 made a season-high 14 saves for the Continentals, who were outshot 29-13. Celella's goal late in the first half snapped a scoreless streak of 103 minutes, 56 seconds for Keohane. Sherman recorded a pair of defensive saves.
The Continentals continue conference play at home against nationally ranked No. 14 Amherst College on Saturday, Oct. 5. Wesleyan hosts Colby College in NESCAC play on Saturday.