Connecticut College 3, Colby College 1
Wagner Scores Two Goals, Camels Clinch NESCAC Playoff Berth
NEW LONDON, Conn. --Hanna Wagner (Sudbury, Mass.) scored a goal in each half and Kelsey Nickerson (Weston, Mass.) chipped in with a score to lead the Connecticut College field hockey team (4-8, 3-5) to a 3-1 victory against Colby College (5-8, 17) on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Saturday.
With the win, the Camels have clinched a berth in the upcoming 2009 NESCAC Championship Tournament. First round games will be played Sunday, Nov. 1 on the campuses of the top four seeded teams.
Wagner accounted for the only goal of the first stanza at 16:11. Abby Hine (Madison, Conn.) assisted on the goal and vaulted her way into a fifth place tie on the programs all-time scoring list with her 63rd career point.
Kelsey Nickerson (Weston, Mass.) added an insurance goal 12:22 into the second half off of a penalty corner. Nickerson was able to collect the loose ball in traffic and tuck it inside the left post for the fourth marker of her rookie season.
Colby finally broke through with 16:34 remaining in regulation. Junior forward Heather Quadir (Medfield, Mass.) delivered a smash from the right side of the circle into the cage to make it a 2-1 game. Meghan Saccone (Andover, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
The Camels, however, would not be denied on this day. Abby Hine set up the third goal when she fired shot from point-blank range on Colby goalie Liz Fontaine (Wilbraham, Mass.). Fontaine was able to get a blocker on the ball but went down to the turf. Wagner was able to corral the rebound on the door step and score her second goal of the day.
In the latter stages of the second half, senior Steph Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) roamed all the way out near the top of the circle with 12:30 remaining to make one of her four saves when Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass.) broke free in a one-on-one situation. The Camel defense was able to take care of the rest and the hosts closed out the two goal victory.
Fontaine finished with seven saves in the setback for the Mules.
October 24, 2009