(11/2) King's 2 Wilkes 0
King’s College advanced to the Freedom Conference field hockey championship game with a 2-0 win over Wilkes University in a semi-final contest on Wednesday at Betzler Fields.
The top-seeded Lady Monarchs improved to 14-3 overall and will host either Scranton or Manhattanville in Saturday’s conference title game. Wilkes, the number-four seed, sees their season come to a close with a 9-10 record.
King’s would jump out to a 1-0 lead with 8:35 remaining in the opening half when Suzanne Thompson struck net off a penalty corner. Amanda Jez was credited with an assist on the play. Jez would also have a hand in the second Lady Monarchs goal that came at 29:42 of the second half. The score once again came off a corner, with Sara McGrady stuffing home the shot to make it 2-0.
King’s held a 21-3 shots advantage and also gained a 14-9 edge in penalty corners. Kari Leach stopped both shots she faced to pick up the victory in goal for the Lady Monarchs. Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber finished the afternoon with 11 saves.
(10/29) Montclair State 3 Wilkes 1
Sixth-ranked Montclair State University scored three times in the opening 14:43 on their way to a 3-1 non-conference field hockey win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Red Hawks to 16-1 overall, while the Lady Colonels slip to 9-9.
Alexandria Kelly gave Montclair State a 1-0 lead when she scored at the 4:24 mark off an assist from Elyse Winkle. Kelly would extend the lead to 2-0 at 9:11 with her second goal off a Jess Rosewall helper. Jennifer Tanis would cap the outburst at 14:43 when she tallied a goal off an assist from Jen Soss to make it 3-0.
Wilkes would get on the board at 59:43 of the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Lindsey Thomas was credited with the goal for the Lady Colonels, while Kerry Battersby handed out the assist.
Montclair State held a 19-5 shots advantage and also had a 15-2 edge in penalty corners. Robyn Apicelli finished with one save in net for the Red Hawks, while Hilary Weber had five saves in goal for Wilkes.
(10/28) Wilkes 1 FDU-Florham 0
Lauren Risser scored off a penalty corner with 29 seconds remaining in the second half to lift Wilkes University to a key 1-0 Freedom Conference field hockey win over FDU-Florham on Friday afternoon.
With the victory the Lady Colonels, who improved to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference, clinched a berth in the Freedom Conference playoffs. Wilkes will enter the post-season as the number-four seed and will travel to take on top-seeded King’s College on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Betzler Fields. FDU-Florham sees their records slip to 3-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
Wilkes held a 10-7 shots advantage in the contest. The Lady Colonels were also able to gain an 8-6 edge in penalty corners. Hilary Weber notched her fifth shutout of the season in goal by stopping all five shots she faced. FDU-Florham goalkeeper Jamie SanFilippo finished the contest with eight saves.
(10/26) Wilkes 3 DeSales 2
The Wilkes University field hockey team remained in playoff contention with a 3-2 Freedom Conference win over DeSales University on Wednesday night at Crestwood High School.
The victory improves the Lady Colonels to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Wilkes will clinch a conference playoff berth with a victory at FDU-Florham on Friday. DeSales sees their record fall to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the opening half when Marisa Baldassano struck net unassisted. Wilkes would tie the game at 1-1 at the 23:56 mark of the first period when Devon McKay scored off an assist from Megan Farrell.
At 43:49 of the second stanza McKay gave Wilkes a 2-1 lead with her second tally, this time off a Jaclyn Renner assist. However, DeSales would get the equalizer at 50:44 off the stick of Bethany Hepner. Ashley Sparango assisted on the goal.
The Lady Colonels would score the game-winning goal just 2:22 after DeSales had tied the contest. Kerry Battersby, who earned an assist on the play, drilled a shot off a penalty corner. DeSales goalkeeper Amy Zoltek was able to make the save, but Lindsey Thomas was there to put the rebound into the back of the net to give Wilkes the 3-2 lead.
Wilkes out-shot DeSales by a 17-14 count, while also claiming a 17-12 advantage in penalty corners. Hilary Weber had eight saves in goal for the Lady Colonels, while Zoltek also came up with eight saves for the Bulldogs.
(10/20) Scranton 1 Wilkes 0
The University of Scranton got a second half goal from Kristin Thomas and held on to top Wilkes University 1-0 in a Freedom Conference field hockey game on Thursday night at Scranton’s Fitzpatrick Field. The Lady Royals up their overall record to 9-5 and improve to 5-1 in conference play with the victory. Wilkes sees their records slip to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Neither team was able to crack the scoreboard in the opening 35 minutes and the two squad’s settled for a 0-0 halftime tie. Thomas would net the game-winning goal at the 42:56 mark of the second half, striking a shot from 21-yards out off an assist from Diana Rocklein to give the Lady Royals a 1-0 lead.
Scranton held a 12-5 shots advantage, while also securing a 13-3 edge in penalty corners. Rochelle Paquette had four saves in goal for the Lady Royals, while Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber was also credited with four saves.
(10/16) Wilkes 2 Drew 1
Lauren Risser scored off an assist from Megan Farrell with only 1:26 remaining to lift Wilkes University to a 2-1 Freedom Conference field hockey win over defending champion Drew University on Sunday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Rangers slide to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Following a scoreless first half, Wilkes would jump on top 1-0 when Kristina Naveira scored an unassisted goal just 1:20 into the second period. The Rangers would rally to tie the game 1-1 on a Ryan Hoover unassisted goal at the 48:25 mark. That set the stage for Risser’s third game-winning goal of the season.
Wilkes held a 21-4 shots advantage, while also claiming a 15-5 edge in penalty corners. Hilary Weber picked up the victory in net for the Lady Colonels by stopping three shots. Anne Wallin was credited with 11 saves in goal for Drew.
(10/11) Philadelphia 2 Wilkes 1 (OT)
The Wilkes University field hockey team suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime to Division II Philadelphia University on Tuesday afternoon. The Rams improve to 5-10 with the win, while the Lady Colonels see their record fall to 6-7 overall.
Wilkes would jump on top at the 46:49 mark of the second half when Amanda Woodle scored an unassisted goal to make it 1-0. The Rams rallied to tie the contest when Katie Urso knocked home a shot off an assist from Brooke Woodland at 57:48.
Woodland would score the game-winning goal for Philadelphia unassisted. The goal came 6:57 into the first extra session.
Both teams had 26 shots in the contest, while the Rams had a 17-11 advantage in penalty corners. Hilary Weber came up with 18 saves in goal for Wilkes, while Philadelphia goalkeeper Jessica Snyder was credited with 17 stops.
(10/5) Wilkes 1 King's 0
Lauren Risser scored the only goal of the match with 3:20 remaining in the second half to lead Wilkes University to a 1-0 Freedom Conference field hockey win over 18th-ranked King’s College on Wednesday afternoon at Artillery Park.
The win improves the Lady Colonels to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference. King’s dropped its second consecutive contest to fall to 9-2. The Lady Monarchs are 2-1 in conference play.
Wilkes had a golden opportunity to score early in the contest when Devon McKay picked up a loose ball and fired a shot that hit the right post. The Lady Monarchs would counter by out-shooting Wilkes 6-4 in the opening stanza. However, thanks to the play of Lady Colonels goalkeeper Hilary Weber and King’s goalie Kari Leach, neither team was able to convert and the two teams went into half time tied at 0-0.
Wilkes would hold an 8-3 shots advantage in the second half, but it wasn’t until late that the Lady Colonels were able to take the lead. Lindsay Thomas beat a King’s defender and ripped a pass across to Risser. Risser, who also scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over William Paterson University, pushed a shot into the lower-left corner to provide Wilkes with a 1-0 advantage.
King’s would counter with an attack in the closing minutes. The Lady Monarchs were able to secure a penalty corner as time expired. However, A shot by Christina Glenn off of the corner went wide and the game ended.
The Lady Colonels held a 12-9 shots advantage, while King’s gained a 7-6 edge in penalty corners. Weber earned her fourth shutout of the season in goal for Wilkes by stopping all five shots she faced. Leach had four saves in net for the Lady Monarchs.
(10/1) Wilkes 1 William Paterson 0
The Wilkes University field hockey team snapped a four-game losing skid with a 1-0 non-conference victory over William Paterson University on Saturday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 5-6 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 4-4 overall.
The lone goal of the match came at the 37:22 mark of the second period. Lara Judson drove a ball toward the William Paterson goal. Lauren Risser would field the pass and push a shot past Pioneers goalkeeper Jessie Mull for the game-winning goal.
Wilkes held a 16-5 shots advantage in the contest. The Lady Colonels also garnered a 14-5 advantage in penalty corners. Hilary Weber earned her third shutout win of the year for the Lady Colonels in goal by stopping both shots she faced. Mull finished the afternoon with 11 saves in net for William Paterson.
(9/27) College of New Jersey 1 Wilkes 0
The College of New Jersey’s Erin Buchanan netted the game’s lone goal to lift the Lions to a 1-0 field hockey victory over visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday night. The victory puts the Lions, ranked fourth in the latest NFHCA Division III poll, at 8-1 on the season, while the Lady Colonels fell to 4-6.
Buchanan scored the goal when TCNJ was awarded a penalty stroke 14:19 into the game. The freshman calmly lifted a shot up into the far corner for her second goal of the season.
In goal for the Lions, Kristina Beyel needed to make only one save to record her fifth shutout of the season. For Wilkes, Hilary Weber finished the game with four saves. The College of New Jersey held a 14-2 shots on goal advantage, while also gaining a 12-3 edge in penalty corners.
(9/24) Delaware Valley 3 Wilkes 1
Michelle Cernobyl scored all three Delaware Valley goals in the second half to lift the Aggies to a 3-1 Freedom Conference field hockey win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves Delaware Valley to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Lady Colonels fall to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Cernobyl broke a scoreless tie at the 42:03 mark of the second half when she scored off an assist from Tiffany LaRosa. At 48:36, LaRosa connected with Cernobyl again for a goal that gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
Delaware Valley would add to their advantage at 60:38 when Cernobyl tallied her third goal, this time off a Lauren Dubiel assist to make it 3-0. Wilkes would get their lone goal at 62:48 when Megan Farrell converted a penalty stroke to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Wilkes held a 15-9 shots advantage and a 9-8 edge in penalty corners. Delaware Valley goalie Jen Gately had 14 saves, while Lady Colonels goalkeeper Hilary Weber came up with six stops.
(9/20) Elizabethtown 1 Wilkes 0
Elizabethtown College improved to 6-2 overall with a 1-0 non-conference field hockey win over visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops the Lady Colonels overall record to 4-4.
The Blue Jays would get the only goal of the game at the 29:00 minute mark of the first half. Mel Slessinger took a shot that bounced past Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber and into the net for a 1-0 Elizabethtown lead.
Both teams had limited scoring opportunities with Elizabethtown holding a slim 6-5 edge in shots. The Blue Jays also had a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners. Kristen Callaghan picked up the win in net for Elizabethtown by stopping three shots. Weber had two saves in goal for Wilkes.
(9/17) Manhattanville 3 Wilkes 2
Abbe Grimes scored an unassisted goal with 2:12 remaining in the contest to lead Manhattanville College to a 3-2 Freedom Conference field hockey win over Wilkes University. The Valiants improve to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels slip to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Wilkes jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:22 of the opening half when Megan Farrell converted a penalty stroke. The Valiants would tie the contest at 1-1 at the 18:10 mark of the first stanza thanks to a Jessie Grasso goal off an assist from Alissa Tyghter. The Lady Colonels would respond before intermission when Lindsey Thomas scored off an assist from Farrell at 30:04 to give Wilkes a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Early in the second half Manhattanville would again tie the contest. This time it was Tyghter scoring the goal off assists from Grasso and Danielle Lacroix to make it 2-2.
Manhattanville held a slim 10-9 shots advantage. The Valiants also had a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners. Manhattanville goalie Lauren Gagnon finished with four saves. Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber was credited with one save.
(9/14) Wilkes 2 Misericordia 1
Megan Farrell and Devon McKay scored 57 seconds apart late in the game to lift Wilkes University to a 2-1 non-conference field hockey victory over College Misericordia on Wednesday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 4-2 overall heading into Saturday’s Freedom Conference opener at Manhattanville College at 1:00 p.m. The Cougars see their record fall to 1-5 overall.
Misericordia took a 1-0 lead when Candice Kilmer knocked home a shot off an assist from Heather DiMenno with 2:39 remaining in the first half. The Cougars outshot Wilkes 4-3 in the first stanza and had a 4-2 lead in penalty corners.
The second half saw Wilkes take control. The Lady Colonels held a 13-3 shots advantage and a 7-4 corners edge in the second stanza. However, it wasn’t until Farrell scored off an assist from Jaclyn Renner with 2:54 left that Wilkes was able to pull even at 1-1.
Following the goal, the Lady Colonels continued to apply pressure. They would get the game-winning goal with only 1:57 remaining when McKay scored off an assist from Lara Judson.
Wilkes concluded the contest with a 16-7 shots advantage. The Lady Colonels also held a 9-8 advantage in penalty corners. Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber came up with three saves, while Kristina Naveira added a defensive save. Jamie Derr had 10 saves in goal for Misericordia.
(9/10) Wilkes 2 Widener 1 (OT)
Devon McKay scored with 4:28 remaining in overtime off an assist from Carrie Stolarick to propel Wilkes University a 2-1 non-conference field hockey win over Widener University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 3-2 overall. The Pioneers see their record move to 1-1 overall.
Widener took a 1-0 lead at the 24:49 mark of the opening half when Jamie Carr scored off an assist from Arlene Lowthert. Wilkes would force the extra session when Amanda Woodle scored off an assist from Lindsey Thomas following a penalty corner at the 65:37 mark of the second stanza.
Widener held a 21-19 shots advantage, while the Lady Colonels had an 8-6 edge in penalty corners. Hilary Weber earned the victory in net for Wilkes by coming up with 16 saves. Widener goalkeeper Carla D’Oria was credited with 17 saves.
(9/7) Rowan 6 Wilkes 0
Rowan University scored three goals in a span of 3:11 of the first half to break open a scoreless game and earn a 6-0 win over Wilkes University in a non-conference contest on Wednesday afternoon at Artillery Park. The win improves the Profs to 3-0 overall, while the Lady Colonels see their record move to 2-2.
With the game tied at 0-0 late in the opening stanza, Sarah Wood got Rowan on the board when she scored off an assist from Amanda Greene at the 26:43 mark. Liz Unger would make it 2-0 at 28:41 with a goal off an assist from Susan Massara. Wood capped the first half outburst with an unassisted tally at 29:54 to make it 3-0 at intermission.
The Profs would tack on three more goals in a 4:08 span of the second half to put the game away. Greene scored at 55:54 to extend the lead to 4-0. Rachel Cheafsky would knock home an unassisted goal at 59:30 to increase the margin to 5-0. Greene ended the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 60:02 mark.
Rowan held a 17-6 shots advantage, while Wilkes gained an 8-6 edge in penalty corners. Stephanie Doherty and Amanda Cucinotti had two saves each in goal for the Profs. Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber came up with six saves in net.
(9/4) Wilkes 1 Neumann 0
Lindsey Thomas scored an unassisted goal in the second half and goalkeeper Hilary Weber made nine saves to lead Wilkes University to a 1-0 win over Neumann College in the final game of the Wilkes Invitational on Sunday at Artillery Park. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 2-1, while the Knights see their record slip to 0-3.
Thomas scored the only goal of the contest at the 36:18 mark of the second half when she picked up a loose ball in front of the goal cage and beat Neumann keeper Chelsea Ward. Weber would make sure that the one goal would stand up, running her scoreless streak to 240 minutes to start the season.
Wilkes held a 26-12 shots advantage, while also gaining a 12-8 edge in penalty corners. Ward ended the afternoon with 19 saves in net for Neumann.
(9/3) Wilkes 3 Marywood 0
Wilkes University dominated in a 3-0 victory over Marywood University in the opening round of the Wilkes Field Hockey Invitational on Saturday at Artillery Park. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 1-1 overall, while the Pacers drop to 0-1.
Devon McKay got things started for the Colonels at the 13:39 mark of the first half after scoring off an assist by Megan Butler. At the 33:30 mark of the second half, Lindsey Thomas, who hit the cage off an assist from Amanda Woodle, further extended the Colonels’ lead. Megan Farrell added an insurance goal by way of a penalty stroke at the 20:36 mark to finish the game 3-0.
The Lady Colonels held a commanding 36-2 shots on goal advantage and a 22-3 edge in penalty corners. Hilary Weber, who protected the goal cage for Wilkes, made one save to ensure the shutout. Marywood keeper, Stephanie Ziemski touted an impressive 29 saves.
Wilkes will take on the Knights of Neumann College at 12:00 Sunday, for their final match-up of the Invitational.
(9/1) Susquehanna 1 Wilkes 0 (Penalty Strokes)
Susquehanna University notched a 1-0 win over Wilkes University in penalty strokes in the field hockey opener for both teams on Thursday night. The Crusaders scored on two of five stroke attempts, while the Lady Colonels were able to convert only one stroke in five attempts.
Both teams battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods. Amelia Davies was successful on her penalty stroke attempt for Susquehanna in the second round to give the Crusaders the edge. However, Megan Farrell knotted the affair at 1-1 when she converted her attempt in round three. In the final round, Susquehanna’s Jenni Iacovone tallied the game-winner.
Susquehanna held a 25-5 shots advantage, while also gaining a 29-9 edge in penalty corners. Crusaders goalie Shannon Baker was credited with one save in goal. Wilkes goalkeeper Hilary Weber had 14 saves.