(10/31) Freedom Conference Semi-Final
FDU-Florham 2 Wilkes 0
FDU-Florham garnered a berth in the Freedom Conference championship game with a 2-0 semi-final win over visiting Wilkes University on Wednesday night.
The second-seeded Devils improved to 14-6 overall and will meet top-seeded King’s on Saturday for the conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Wilkes, the number-three seed, saw their season come to a close with an 8-11 mark.
FDU-Florham scored the only goal they would need just 4:46 into the first half when Christy Barbetto struck net off an assist from Krystle Birmingham. The Devils would tack on an insurance goal at 28:34 of the initial period on a penalty stroke by Kaitlyn Dudzinski.
Both Wilkes and FDU-Florham were credited with seven shots in the contest, and both teams finished the night with nine penalty corners. Devils goalkeeper Jamie SanFilippo earned the shutout win by coming up with three saves. Wilkes goalie Julia Smith was credited with two saves.
(10/28) Delaware Valley 2 Wilkes 0
The Wilkes University field hockey team dropped a 2-0 Freedom Conference decision at Delaware Valley College in the regular-season finale for both teams on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Colonels saw their records slip to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Despite the loss Wilkes still earned the number-three seed for the playoffs. The Lady Colonels will travel to second-seeded FDU-Florham on Wednesday at a time to be determined. Delaware Valley capped their season with an overall record of 12-8 and a 3-3 mark in the conference. The Aggies were eliminated from playoff contention by virtue of DeSales’ win over Manhattanville on Sunday.
Delaware Valley got on the board just 3:56 in to the opening half when Danielle Heyne tallied an unassisted score to make it 1-0. They would up their lead to 2-0 at the 32:52 mark of the first period on an unassisted goal by Bethany Pavlik.
The Aggies held a 19-17 shots advantage and an 11-5 edge in penalty corners. Amy Stafford stopped four shots to garner the shutout win in goal for Delaware Valley. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith finished with eight saves.
(10/25) Wilkes 4 DeSales 2
Wilkes University took a major step towards claiming a Freedom Conference playoff berth by scoring a 4-2 win over DeSales University on Thursday afternoon at Artillery Park.
The win improved the Lady Colonels to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference. They can secure a playoff berth with a win at Delaware Valley College on Saturday afternoon. DeSales saw their overall record move to 7-10 and their conference record slip to 2-3.
Lauren Risser gave Wilkes a 1-0 lead at the 10:10 mark when she scored off an assist from Devon McKay. McKay would then tally a goal off a Diana Wright assist to extend the lead to 2-0 at 15:19. Risser followed with her second goal of the contest at 23:15 off a Wright assist to give the Lady Colonels a 3-0 advantage at halftime.
DeSales got on the board at 59:25 of the second half thanks to a goal by Ashley Sparango off an assist from Kelsey Strowhouer that made it 3-1.
Wilkes would answer back with just 3:53 left to up their lead to 4-1. Jennifer Keegan scored the goal off another assist from Wright.
The Bulldogs would tally their final goal with only three seconds remaining when Jamie Matthews tipped home a shot off a pass from Meghan Iudicello to cut the final margin to 4-2.
Both teams finished with 14 shots in the game, while DeSales claimed a 16-5 advantage in penalty corners. Julia Smith came up with nine saves in goal for Wilkes, while Bulldogs goalkeeper Molly Pope had seven saves.
(10/20) Wilkes 4 Arcadia 2
Diana Wright scored three goals and added an assist to lead Wilkes University to a 4-2 Freedom Conference field hockey win over Arcadia University on Saturday afternoon at Artillery Park.
The win allowed Wilkes to even their conference record at 2-2. The Lady Colonels are 7-9 overall. Arcadia saw their records move to 5-11 overall and 0-5 in conference action.
Wright gave Wilkes a 1-0 lead just 3:05 into the first half when she scored off the first of three assists by Amanda Tilley.
The Knights would rally with consecutive goals to forge in front, 2-1. Morgan Hasson tied the game at 1-1 with a goal off an assist from Liz McCormick at 16:29. Devin Long followed with an unassisted goal to give Arcadia the lead with 12:55 remaining before halftime.
Wilkes would respond late in the first stanza to send the game to halftime tied at 2-2. Once again it was Wright scoring off a Tilley assist to account for the Lady Colonels score.
Wright would put Wilkes on top for good with her third goal of the contest. Tilley was again credited with an assist on the play that made it 3-2 at the 46:22 mark.
The Lady Colonels would add an insurance goal with just 6:05 left when Wright fed Alyssa Koncelik for a tally that extended the lead to 4-2.
Wilkes held a 25-7 shots advantage and an 18-9 edge in penalty corners. Julie Smith registered four saves in goal for the Lady Colonels, while Arcadia goalkeeper Brittany Rassmussen stopped 16 shots.
(10/17) King's 2 Wilkes 1
King’s College remained unbeaten in Freedom Conference field hockey play with a 2-1 win over rival Wilkes University on Wednesday afternoon at Betzler Fields.
The win improved the Lady Monarchs to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Wilkes saw their records slip to 6-9 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
King’s got on the board first at 22:30 of the first half when Candace Russ knocked home a shot off an assist by Amanda Schwartztrauber to make it 1-0.
The Lady Monarchs would add to their lead at the 43:25 mark of the second half. This time Russ picked up a loose ball in front of the Wilkes cage and deposited a shot into the left side to make it 2-0.
Wilkes would respond to cut the deficit in half with 10:02 remaining in the contest. After being awarded a penalty corner, Kristina Naveira hit Diana Wright on the left side. Wright drilled a shot that cracked the back of the cage to make it 2-1.
The Lady Colonels out-shot King’s by an 11-7 margin and also held a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners. Kari Leach gained the win in goal for the Lady Monarchs by stopping nine shots. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith finished the game with five saves.
(10/13) FDU-Florham 1 Wilkes 0
The Wilkes University field hockey team suffered a tough 1-0 Freedom Conference loss at FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon. The Devils improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play with the win, while the Lady Colonels saw their records fall to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Devils scored the lone goal of the match at the 17:52 mark of the opening half. Jackie Gale hit Krystle Birmingham with a pass that she directed into the goal to give FDU-Florham the 1-0 lead.
Wilkes was out-shot by a 27-10 count in the contest, while both teams finished with six penalty corners. Jamie SanFilippo earned the shutout win in goal by stopping all seven shots she faced for FDU-Florham. Julia Smith knocked away 13 shots in net for the Lady Colonels.
(10/8) SUNY Cortland 6 Wilkes 1
Christine McCabe had a goal and three assists to lead nationally-ranked SUNY Cortland to a 6-1 field hockey win over Wilkes University on Monday afternoon. The victory improved the 12th-ranked Red Dragons to 12-2 overall, while the Lady Colonels slipped to 6-7 overall.
Melissa Smith scored off an assist from Erika Salls at 7:31 to give Cortland a 1-0 advantage. The lead grew to 2-0 when Kayla Chambers scored off a pass from McCabe at 10:41. McCabe would assist on another goal before intermission, this one by Jackie Plunkett at the 14:28 mark, to give the Red Dragons a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Kristin Coutney knocked home a shot off the third assist by McCabe just 50 seconds into the second half to up the lead to 4-0. Salls scored unassisted at the 37:50 mark to make it a 5-0 contest. McCabe netted her goal at 54:32 off an assist from Brenda Semit to extend the advantage to 6-0.
Wilkes would avoid the shutout when Devon McKay scored her seventh goal of the campaign at 64:48 to cut the lead to 6-1. Jennifer Keegan was credited with an assist on the play.
Cortland held a 23-8 advantage in shots and a 14-4 advantage in penalty corners. Stacy Billings had two saves in goal for the Red Dragons. Julia Smith finished with eight saves for Wilkes, while starter Serena Eber had one stop in 14:28 of action in goal.
(10/6) Wilkes 3 Manhattanville 1
The Wilkes University field hockey team began Freedom Conference play on Saturday by posting a 3-1 victory over Manhattanville College at Artillery Park. The Lady Colonels evened their overall record at 6-6. The Valiants saw their record fall to 7-5 overall.
Amanda Tilley provided Wilkes with a 1-0 lead at halftime when she scored off an Alyson Paulauskas assist at the 5:59 mark of the opening stanza.
The Lady Colonels would up the lead to 2-0 just 5:16 into the second half when Diana Wright scored off an assist from Brittany Sines.
Manhattanville would cut their deficit in half at 61:15 of the second period. Darby Webber was credited with the goal for the Valiants, while Heather Allen had an assist on the play.
Lindsay Thomas would cap the win for Wilkes when she scored an unassisted goal in the waning seconds of the contest to make it 3-1.
Wilkes out-shot the opposition by a 24-9 count and had a 19-9 advantage in penalty corners. Julia Smith came up with six saves to earn the win in goal for the Lady Colonels. Lauren Gagnon finished the contest with 11 saves for Manhattanville.
(10/3) Wilkes 4 Philadelphia 3
Wilkes University scored four consecutive goals to erase a 3-0 deficit early in the second period on their way to a 4-3 field hockey win over Division II Philadelphia University on Wednesday afternoon.
The victory improved the Lady Colonels to 5-6 overall as they prepare to open Freedom Conference play at home on Saturday against Manhattanville College at 12 p.m. The Rams saw their overall record slip to 3-11.
Devon McKay scored the first goal of the second period off an assist from Amanda Tilley 3:20 into the stanza to pull Wilkes within 3-1. McKay would then convert a penalty stroke less than two minutes later to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Kim Baldino knotted the count at 3-3 later in the stanza when she scored unassisted at 55:29. Alyssa Koncelik scored the game-winning goal at the 58:24 mark unassisted to give the Lady Colonels the 4-3 victory.
Both teams finished with 16 shots in the contest, while the Rams had a 15-8 advantage in penalty corners. Julia Smith had three saves in the first half, while Serena Eber came on to stop four shots in the second period for Wilkes in goal. Jessica Snyder had seven saves in net for Philadelphia.
(9/29) Gwynedd-Mercy 2 Wilkes 1
Gwynedd-Mercy College posted a 2-1 non-conference field hockey win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Griffins to 6-5 overall, while the Lady Colonels saw their record fall to 4-6.
Ashley Blackwell gave Gwynedd-Mercy a 1-0 lead when she converted a penalty stroke at the 29:45 mark of the first half.
The Griffins would extend their lead to 2-0 just 2:30 into the second half. Aubrey Wolf tallied the goal off an assist from Victoria Geppert.
Wilkes cut the deficit in half at 49:55 of the second stanza thanks to an unassisted goal by Diana Wright.
The Lady Colonels out-shot Gwynedd-Mercy by a 9-8 margin. Wilkes also held an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners. Aubrey McDevitt stopped two shots to pick up the win in goal for the Griffins. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith was credited with three saves.
(9/26) Susquehanna 1 Wilkes 0
Julie Yingling scored the only goal of the game with 5:29 remaining to lift Susquehanna University to a 1-0 non-conference field hockey win over Wilkes University on Wednesday afternoon at Artillery Park. The Crusaders upped their overall record to 4-6, while the Lady Colonels fell to 4-5 overall.
Yingling’s goal came when she pounced on a loose ball in front of the Wilkes cage and was able to push a shot into the left side of the goal to put give her team the 1-0 lead.
Wilkes held a slight 9-8 shots advantage, while Susquehanna was able to claim an 11-9 edge in penalty corners. Lyndsay Meabon stopped three shots to pick up the shutout win in goal for the Crusaders. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith was credited with five saves.
(9/22) Wilkes 5 Cabrini 2
Five different Wilkes University players scored goals to help the Lady Colonels earn a 5-2 non-conference field hockey win over Cabrini College on Saturday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improved Wilkes to 4-4 overall, while the Cavaliers remained winless in seven contests.
Alex Ingram put Wilkes ahead 1-0 when she picked up her own rebound and pushed a shot into the goal at the 7:25 mark of the opening half.
Jennifer Keegan extended the lead to 2-0 at the 11:54 mark of the first stanza when she scored off an assist from Ingram.
Cabrini would score just 20 seconds into the second half to cut the deficit in half. Bridget Bergen was credited with the goal off an assist from Allie Rodolico.
Devon McKay knocked home a shot off a Keegan assist at 36:41 to start a string of three straight Lady Colonels goals and up the lead to 3-1. Alyson Paulauskas would net a goal off an assist from McKay at 41:08 to make it 4-1. Alyssa Koncelik tallied the final Wilkes score off an assist from Lindsay Thomas at 53:47 to give her team a 5-1 advantage.
The Cavaliers’ final goal came at 64:25 when Melissa Benedetti banged home a rebound to make it 5-2.
Wilkes held a 17-7 shots advantage, while Cabrini held a 17-8 edge in penalty corners. Julia Smith registered the win in goal by stopping three shots for the Lady Colonels. Caitlin Donahue had eight saves in goal for Cabrini.
(9/20) Wilkes 4 Marywood 0
Devon McKay scored a pair of goals to help Wilkes University earn a 4-0 field hockey win over Marywood University in a non-conference game on Thursday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improved the Lady Colonels to 3-4 overall, while the Pacers saw their record slip to 2-3.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead at 20:44 of the opening half when Diana Wright took a feed from Lindsay Thomas and ripped a shot past Marywood goalkeeper Stephanie Ziemski.
The Lady Colonels would pull away in the second half by scoring three times. McKay tallied her first goal of the contest at 41:57 off a Kerry Battersby assist to extend the lead to 2-0.
Amanda Tilley got in on the scoring when she notched an unassisted goal at 46:45 to up the Wilkes advantage to 3-0.
McKay would cap the scoring with her second goal of the game at 62:44 that made it 4-0. Kim Baldino was credited with an assist on the play.
Wilkes out-shot Marywood by a 19-3 margin. The Lady Colonels finished with 11 penalty corners, while the Pacers had five. Julia Smith made a pair of saves in goal for Wilkes, while Ziemski ended the game with nine saves for Marywood.
(9/18) Elizabethtown 3 Wilkes 0
Megan Angstadt, Brenna Noon and Liz DeMatteis had a goal and an assist each to help Elizabethtown College earn a 3-0 non-conference field hockey win over visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays upped their overall record to 4-3 and avenged last season’s 1-0 loss to the Lady Colonels in Kingston. Wilkes saw their overall record slide to 2-4.
Elizabethtown got on the board at 22:19 of the opening half. DeMatteis fired a shot on goal. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith was able to make the initial save, but the rebound found the stick of Angstadt and she deposited a shot into the back of the cage to make it 1-0.
Just over five minutes later the Blue Jays extended their lead to 2-0. This time Angstadt hit Noon with a pass on a fast break. Noon was able to beat Smith and provide Elizabethtown with a two-goal lead at intermission.
The contest would stay that way until late in the second half when DeMatteis accepted a pass from Noon and slipped a shot in from the side of the goal with 1:24 left to make it 3-0.
Elizabethtown held a 12-0 shots advantage. The Blue Jays also finished with seven penalty corners to the Lady Colonels two. Liz Hannegan was the winner in goal for the Blue Jays despite not having to make a save. Smith stopped three shots in goal for Wilkes.
(9/15) Montclair State 2 Wilkes 1
Montclair State University remained unbeaten in field hockey play with a 2-1 win over Wilkes University on Saturday night. The win improved the 13th-ranked Red Hawks to 6-0 overall. The Lady Colonels saw their overall mark slip to 2-3.
Megan Pietrunti gave Montclair State a 1-0 lead at halftime when she scored on a penalty stroke at the 23:10 mark of the first stanza.
Wilkes would tie the contest just 3:09 into the second half. Jennifer Keegan was credited with goal unassisted when she took a rebound and direct a tip into the cage to make it 1-1.
The Red Hawks would get the game-winning goal off the stick of Pietrunti at 48:31 of the second half. Megan Walsh was awarded an assist on the play, which gave Montclair a 2-1 lead.
The Red Hawks out-shot Wilkes by a 19-15 count, while also snagging a 13-11 edge in penalty corners. Jacquie Supko picked up the win in goal for Montclair State after stopping seven shots. Julia Smith finished the game with eight saves in goal for Wilkes.
(9/13) Widener 3 Wilkes 2
Widener University remained unbeaten with a hard-fought 3-2 non-conference field hockey win over Wilkes University on Thursday night. The win improved the Pride to 4-0 overall, while the Lady Colonels saw their overall record even at 2-2.
Widener scored the only goal of the first half to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The score came just 5:08 into the contest when Jaime Carr scored off an assist from Erica Rose.
Wilkes would tie the game at 43:34 of the second half on a goal by Jennifer Keegan. Lindsay Thomas was credited with an assist on the play.
However, Carr would strike again for the Pride at 56:32, this time off a Kelly Eash assist, to put her team on top for good, 2-1. Mallory Meyer would follow at 61:22 for Widener with a goal off a Colleen Guille assist to extend the advantage to 3-2.
Wilkes would not go away quietly, scoring just over a minute after the Meyer goal to cut the lead to 3-2. The tally came off the stick of Devon McKay at 62:31. Alyson Paulauskas assisted on the goal.
Widener had a 23-8 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in penalty corners. Katie Jensen earned the win in goal for the Pride by stopping five shots. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith had 18 saves.
(9/8) Wilkes 3 Goucher 0
Wilkes University dominated play in posting a 3-0 non-conference field hockey win over Goucher College on Saturday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improved the Lady Colonels to 2-1 overall, while the Gophers saw their record slide to 0-3.
Wilkes got on the board at 13:15 of the opening half when Alyson Paulauskas knocked home a shot off an assist from Brittany Sines.
The Lady Colonels would add to their lead before halftime thanks to Lauren Risser’s first goal of the contest at 28:40 off a Jennifer Keegan assist that made it 2-0.
Risser would cap the scoring at the 56:19 mark of the second half when she netted her second tally. This one came off a Kim Baldino assist and gave Wilkes a 3-0 edge.
The Lady Colonels had a commanding 33-3 advantage in shots on goal and finished with 11 penalty corners to Goucher’s zero. Julia Smith stopped a pair of shots to pick up the shutout win in goal for Wilkes. Aline Haddad was credited with 20 saves in goal for Goucher.
(9/5) William Paterson 2 Wilkes 0
The Wilkes University field hockey team had their home opener spoiled by visiting William Paterson University as the Pioneers scored once in each half on their way to a 2-0 win. William Paterson upped their overall record to 2-1, while the Lady Colonels saw their overall record move to 1-1.
The Pioneers got on the board just 4:15 into the opening half when Meghan Hall struck net unassisted. William Paterson would add a goal at the 49:59 mark of the second period when Ashley Reamer scored off an assist from Jodi Feriod.
William Paterson finished with a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal and an 8-2 edge in penalty corners. Pioneers’ goalkeeper Christina Auger posted the shutout by stopping all eight shots she faced. Julia Smith came up with 10 saves in goal for Wilkes.
(9/1) Wilkes 3 Moravian 2
Jennifer Keegan scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to lift Wilkes University to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Moravian College in the field hockey opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
Moravian scored just 8:01 into the contest when Kayla Carson scored off an assist from Savannah Bayer to give her team a 1-0 lead.
The game would stay that way until the 44:39 mark of the second half when Carson again struck net, this time unassisted, to provide the Greyhounds with a 2-0 advantage.
Keegan would start a Wilkes offensive explosion that resulted in three goals in a span of 6:34 when she scored unassisted at the 49:22 mark to make it 2-1.
Just 3:26 later Keegan added another unassisted goal to pull the Lady Colonels even at 2-2.
Wilkes would get the game-winning goal at the 55:56 mark when Alyssa Koncelik drilled a shot into the back of the cage off an assist from Keegan that provided the Lady Colonels with a 3-2 lead.
Moravian claimed a 16-10 advantage in shots, while also gaining an 11-9 edge in penalty corners. Wilkes goalkeeper Julia Smith earned the win by coming up with nine saves. Maura Acox finished with four saves for the Greyhounds.