Field Hockey Cardinals Soaring

As at least one other person reading this blog knows (thanks, Shoutbox commenter!), Wes field hockey is having a pretty darn good season: 6-1 overall, with the one loss coming at Tufts (ranked #2 in the country) in OT. Wes is ranked #16 nationally in the latest NFHCA poll, one of five NESCAC teams ranked (along with Tufts, Bowdoin (#6), Middlebury (#17), and Amherst (#18)), plus soon-to-be-NESCAC-member Hamilton (#19).

Wes opened the season with a 1-0 win over Williams, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Ephs, and started out 5-0 for the first time since 1978. Wes shut out Trinity (which came into the game ranked #17 nationally) on Saturday to improve to 6-1 and post its third shutout of the season. Tori Redding ’13 (left), who had 13 saves in the game, was named NESCAC Player of the Week, the first Wesleyan player to be so honored since the week of Sept. 15, 2008.

What’s next for Wesleyan? A visit to Eastern Connecticut–a team Wesleyan has never lost to–Thursday night, followed by a trip to undefeated Bowdoin–a team Wesleyan beat 3-2 in penalty strokes last season–on Saturday. Wesleyan would almost certainly lock up a NESCAC Tournament spot with a win; the Cards are currently in third place in the NESCAC at 3-1, one game behind Bowdoin and Tufts (both 4-0). Keep it up, ladies!

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