DOVER, Del. – Riding the momentum of a 1-0 overtime win over Marywood in the semifinals of the Atlantic East Conference Tournament, the second-seeded Wesley College field hockey team look to capture the first-ever Atlantic East Championship against the top-seeded Gwynedd Mercy Griffins on Saturday.
"Being in the championship is where we wanted to be when we started the season," said head coach Tracey Short. "It took a lot of work to get here and I'm very proud of our team, but now we have to 'win a game' and bring home the championship."
It is the seventh time in program history that the Wolverines have made it to the conference championship game.
Wesley is looking to rebound after dropping the regular season matchup with Gwynedd Mercy, 2-0 on Oct. 13.
"Our team has watched film of our last game with Gwynedd and compared it to how we've been playing recently, and we have made adjustments in our game plan. We didn't play our best game against them last time out but if we play up to our potential, we can win."
Gwynedd Mercy dominated Neumann, 7-0 on Wednesday in the semifinal and was undefeated in Atlantic East play all season. Gwynedd is regionally ranked in the latest NCAA rankings coming in at No. 7 in the South Atlantic Region.
Wesley is into Saturday's championship game winning three consecutive conference games. In those three games, they've shut out two of their opponents.
"We know that we are the underdog and we like being the underdog. But, we will come out pumped up and motivated to play our best for the championship game."
Getting both the offense and defense going will be big for Wesley. Kaila Hindt still leads the conference in points (32) and goals (13) and is in a four-way tie for second in the Atlantic East in assists with six. Natalie Quigley is tied for second in the Atlantic East in defensive saves, tallying seven so far this season.
Kasey Fry is a catalyst on both sides of the ball. She is second on the team in points (10), defensive saves (5) and goals (4).
"If we spread out, make good stick-to-stick passes and stay motivated the entire game will be key for us on Saturday. Also, we have to get on the board and play good team defense in order to come back to Dover as the first Atlantic East Conference Champion."
The Atlantic East Championship Game is set for a 2 p.m. start at Gwynedd Mercy's Athletic Complex.