MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Georgia Cassidy scored two first-half goals for Colby College and the Mules dominated play in the second half, holding on for a 2-1 win over Wesleyan University in NESCAC field hockey Saturday.
The Mules improve to 7-3 overall, surpassing last year’s win total with five regular season games remaining, and 3-3 in conference play. The Cardinals drop to 2-6 and 0-4 in the league.
* Cassidy, a sophomore transfer from University of North Carolina, continues to score goals for the Mules. Her first goal was set up when Lauren Walter hit a blast that deflected off a defender to Merel van Gijzen, who led Cassidy with a pass that eluded a Wesleyan defender. The lunge by the defender created enough space for Cassidy to rip a shot for the goal just 5:04 into the first half.
* Cassidy showed her stick skills and composure on the second goal with 12:12 left in the first half. The Cardinals had a defensive clear picked off by van Gijzen near the sideline. She immediately pushed the ball to Cassidy, who rushed in on goal and nearly ran into goalie Delaney Wood. Cassidy went backwards with her stick handling and hit a hard shot while spinning around.
* The Cardinals scored their lone goal off a penalty corner just 2:02 after Cassidy’s second goal. Tess Iannarone inserted the ball to Shea, who struck the ball well for her first goal of the season.
* The Mules dominated much of the second half, but could not get an insurance goal. Kallie Hutchinson had a point-blank shot with 3:15 remaining, but Wood held her ground and made a nice stop.
By the numbers
* Colby finished 6-9 under then first-year head coach Kelly Terwilliger a year ago. Terwilliger has her team tied for sixth place in the league with Bowdoin College.
* Colby goalie Riley Whitmyer had to make only two saves for her seventh win of the year. Wood had seven saves in each half.
* The Mules had a 27-12 advantage in shots, but only a slight 9-8 margin in penalty corners.
* Cassidy had six of her nine shots on goal, while Merrill Read had three of her six shots on the cage.
* Colby won its first league road game. The Mules are 3-2 in all road games this season.
Next on the schedule
* The Mules will play two home games next week, starting with the final non-conference contest of the season against University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday at 7 p.m.Colby faces eighth-ranked Amherst College next Saturday at 11 a.m.