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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Wesleyan field hockey team scored early in the third quarter but their hopes of a comeback were dashed as No. 11 ranked Williams held off the rally attempt 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 is their third straight defeat by a one-goal margin against a ranked opponent. Williams moves to 8-3 (4-3 NESCAC) in the win.

Williams dominated the early going, hemming possession in the Cardinal defense end for most of the first half. Audrey Pace ’26 was forced into action, needing to make five saves in the opening 1:32 of the game.

All the Ephs early pressure eventually resulted in a goal as Kelly McCarthy scored off a rebound in open play. Kiki Higgins saw her initial attempt denied by Pace but the rebound bounced out to McCarthy who made no mistake for the early 1-0 Williams lead.

More than midway through the second quarter, the Ephs went up 2-0 as the penalty corner was inserted directly to Catherine Torres on the right wing. She stepped into a shot that went inside the left post with 5:12 remaining in the frame.

After seeing Williams outshot the Cardinals 14-1 and generate six corners compared to none for Wesleyan, the halftime break was just what the home side needed as Diana Schwarz ’23 found an early goal to start the second half. Schwarz caught the Ephs in possession in their own defensive end, after forcing the turnover, Schwarz carried in and as the goalkeeper came off her line, the Cardinal forward slid one past Gates Tenerowicz to cut the deficit in half just 34 seconds into the third.

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Diana Schwarz ’23 celebrates her early second half goal

Just over a minute later, Pace made another save before Kiernan McColgan ’26 made a defensive save on a rebound attempt from Emily Batchelor to preserve the one-goal deficit.

Wesleyan certainly had chances, generating four corners in the third while the Ephs went without one, but all four of those corners failed to generate a shot on-target as the deficit was still 2-1 heading into the fourth.

As the Ephs sat back to preserve their lead in the fourth, neither side was able to generate much offensively as each team managed just one shot attempt in the entire quarter. Wesleyan’s best chance came on a corner with 4:30 remaining but Georgia Adams ’26 saw her attempt blocked and the game finished in a 2-1 Ephs victory.

Wesleyan honored its Class of 2023 prior to the game as the Schwarz twins (Diana and Lois) as well as Leah Ewers ’23 and Grace Kohn ’22 were all honored alongside their families.

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Field Hockey Class of 2023 Senior Day

Diana Schwarz now has seven goals to lead the team and up her career total to 23 goals and 52 career points in 42 games.

Wesleyan will head to Salve Regina for a Tuesday night non-conference showdown at 6 PM.

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