DOVER, Del. - It was a career day for the Wesley College field hockey goalkeeper Kayla Fromal, but the senior's spectacular effort came in a 6-1 loss against the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon at Drass Field.
Fromal posted a career-high 24 saves for the Wolverines, the most saves by a Wesley goalkeeper since Elizabeth Groom made 23 stops in a 4-3 shootout victory over UMW in 2011. The 24-save performance ranks 19th for most saves by a goalkeeper in all NCAA Division III games played this season and stands as the most by a CAC goalie in any game this year.
Despite her record-setting effort, Fromal took the loss between the pipes for the Wolverines. Jessica Cavolt earned the win in net for the Eagles, making one save and allowing one goal in 46:33 in net. Caroline Freeman made three saves and did not allow a goal in the final 23:27.
The Wolverines fell behind 2-0 in the first half on a pair of goals from Mary Washington's leading scorer Jenna Steele but Renee Schneider got the home team on the board with just under two minutes to play in the first half.
Schneider received a penalty corner at the top of the arc, dished it to Morgan Gannon who flipped it back to Schneider on a give-and-go. The senior played it across her body to her backhand and chipped a backhand shot over the keeper's stick into the netting for the score. The tally made it 2-1 as the two teams entered the halftime break.
In the second half, the Eagles applied pressure to the Wesley backfield. Mary Washington poured on 25 second half shots, but Fromal kept the Wolverines in the game, turning away 15 of them. Kasey Fry also chipped in defensively with a pair of defensive saves. Eventually the Eagles' offense proved too much for the Wolverines as the visitors put in four second half goals to pull away.
Wesley falls to 3-9 on the season with an 0-2 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference. The squad will return to action on Sunday when they play host to Shenandoah University in a non-conference battle.