DALLAS, Pa. - The Wesley College field hockey team was able to erase a two-goal deficit, but ultimately fell to Misericordia in the first game of the Misericordia Invitational by the score of 3-2 on Friday afternoon.
The Wolverines trailed 2-0 just 15 minutes into the contest but battled back to tie the game before halftime. Misericordia notched the only goal of the second half to earn the 3-2 victory.
Kayla Fromal tied her season-high with eight saves but took the loss between the pipes for the Wolverines. Misericordia goalie Angela Pasquini made just one save to earn the victory for the Cougars.
Misericordia jumped out to an early lead on a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes of play. Lindsay Hischak and Jennifer O'Neill each netted a goal to put the Cougars ahead 2-0.
With the Wolverines in dire need of some offense, freshman Summer Gannon stepped up to score her second goal of the season, cutting the Cougars' lead in half with just over 10 minutes left in the first half.
In the 28th minute, Gannon earned her first assist of the season. The freshman forward connected with Meghan Groom in the offensive zone and the senior buried it. Groom's first goal of the season proved to be the equalizer, tying the game at 2-2 before the halftime whistle.
After the break, the Wesley defense was put to the test as Misericordia outshot the Wolverines 7-1 in the frame. Kayla Fromal turned away several of the Cougars' best opportunities but it wasn't enough to keep the home team from taking the lead.
With just under 10 minutes remaining, Misericordia earned a penalty corner and converted for a score, taking a 3-2 lead with 9:26 to play. Wesley attempted to tie the game in the final minutes, but couldn't muster another comeback, falling to the Cougars by a goal.
Wesley falls to 1-1 on the season and will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on King's College in day two of the Misericordia Invitational.