2005 Field Hockey News

Wolverines Roll to Conference Win
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (6-3, 5-1) rolled past conference opponent Cedar Crest College, defeating the Falcons by a final score of 5-0 in field hockey play, on Saturday afternoon.  Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest) posted 2 goals for Wesley, while Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen), Amanda Neff (SR, Lehighton, PA/Lehighton) and Steph Pokoiski (SO, Smyrna, DE/Caravel) all had 1 goal apiece.  Karah Burton (JR, Pocomoke, MD/Pocomoke) had 2 assists, while Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover) added 1 assist. 

Wesley Loses to Marlins in Thriller
(Thursday, September 22nd)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (5-3) hosted non-conference opponent Virginia Wesleyan College (5-1), falling to the Marlins by a final score of 4-3, in field hockey action on Thursday afternoon.  After battling through two overtime periods, the Marlins took the win on penalty strokes.

Virginia Wesleyan went ahead 1-0 with 1:18 remaining in the first half and held on to that lead into halftime.  The Marlins continued their offensive attack, scoring with 19:34 left in the second half on a goal by Megan May (JR, McLean, VA/McLean) to go ahead 2-0.  Wesley's Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest) posted an unassisted goal with 15:12 remaining to help pull Wesley within 1 goal.  Virginia Wesleyan answered right back, as Laura Weidema (JR, Pocomoke, MD/Pocomoke) scored off an assist from May, putting the Marlins up 3-1 with 10:28 remaining in the game.

The Wolverines battled right back scoring 2 goals in a 1:05 time span.  Vincent posted her second goal of the game, while Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen) blasted her goal at the 6:36 mark off a corner.  Virginia Wesleyan out-shot Wesley in the two overtime periods, 10-8, and Wesley goalkeeper LeAnne Hyslop (JR, Bayville, NJ/Central Regional) had 7 saves for the Wolverines in the overtime sessions.  Wesley out-shot the Marlins 29-25 and held an 18-14 advantage in corners.  Hyslop had 14 saves for Wesley. 

Wesley Rolls to Win, 7-0
(Tuesday, September 20th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (5-2, 4-1) won its third consecutive game, defeating conference opponent Rosemont College by a final score of 7-0, in field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon.  It took Wesley 30 seconds to open up the scoring on an unassisted goal by Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen).  Williams finished the day with 2 goals and 1 assist.  Samantha Marconi (FR, Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) posted 2 goals, while Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover), Brittany Cahill (FR, Falmouth, MA/Notre Dame Academy) and Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest) all had 1 goal apiece.

Wesley Drops Eastern, 2-1
(Saturday, September 17th)
ST. DAVID'S, Pa. - Wesley College (4-2, 3-1) traveled to conference opponent Eastern University, defeating the Eagles by a final score of 2-1 in field hockey action on Saturday afternoon.  The win is Wesley second straight victory.  Brittany Cahill (FR, Falmouth, MA/Notre Dame Academy) scored less than six minutes into play off an assist by Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest).  Julene Gamble (SR, Selbyville, DE/Indian River) put Wesley up 2-0, on a penalty stroke with 11:25 remaining in the half.  Eastern would score with 33:25 remaining in the game for the final tally.  Wesley out-shot the Eagles 16-10, while Eastern held a 10-8 advantage in corners.

Wesley Wins Conference Match-Up
(Thursday, September 15th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (3-2, 2-1) hosted conference opponent Arcadia University (1-5, 1-1), defeating the Scarlet Knights by a final score of 4-0 on Thursday afternoon.  Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover) scored with 25:11 left in the first half, off an assist by Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen).  Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest) added an unassisted goal with 26 seconds remaining in the half to put Wesley up 2-0 at intermission.

Williams and Kasey Dobos (SO, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) finished out the scoring in the second half, while Brittany Cahill (FR, Falmouth, MA/Notre Dame Academy) assisted Dobos on her goal.  Wesley out-shot the Scarlet Knights 27-1 and held a 4-1 advantage in corners.

Wesley Falls in Double-Overtime Thriller
Streak Ends at 24 Regular Season Conference Victories
(Monday, September 12th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's (2-2, 1-1) 24-game regular season conference winning streak, ended with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Alvernia College (3-2, 2-0) in field hockey action on Monday afternoon.  Wesley's last regular season conference loss was a 3-2 setback to College Misericordia on October 23rd, 2002.  Monday's game was a match-up of the 2004 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) championship game.  Alvernia jumped on the board first on a goal by Megan Novogratz (JR, Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) with 2:13 remaining in the first half. Wesley would answer right back as Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen) fired a shot 46 seconds later to tie the score at 1-1.

Wesley out-shot the Crusaders in the second half 9-4, while Alvernia goalkeeper Carey Manzolillo (SR, Bernville, PA/Governor Mifflin) posted 6 saves in the half to help hold the Wolverine attack at bay.  Both teams played evenly throughout the first overtime, as both teams posted 2 shots.  Novogratz scored 3:45 seconds into the second overtime for the win.

Alvernia out-shot Wesley 20-14, while Wesley held a 7-5 advantage in corners.  Manzolillo finished with 9 saves, while Wesley goalkeeper LeAnne Hyslop (JR, Bayville, NJ/Central Regional) posted 8 saves in goal.

Wesley Opens Conference Play with Win
(Saturday, September 10th)
DOVER, De. - Dani Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest) scored with 4:40 remaining in double-overtime to give Wesley (2-1, 1-0) a 3-2 conference victory over Gwynedd-Mercy College (1-4, 0-1), in field hockey action on Saturday afternoon.  Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover) posted 2 goals in a 4:22 time span to help Wesley to a 2-1 lead going into halftime.  Neylan, who has a team-high 3 goals on the season, scored her first goal with 4:47 remaining in the first half and then scored again with 25 second remaining.  Both goals were unassisted.

Gwynedd-Mercy's Victoria Geppert (FR, Perkasie, PA/Pennridge) tied the score at 2-2 with 17:29 remaining in the game and the Griffins goalkeeper Lauren Monte (SO, Perkasie, PA/Christopher Dock) had 19 saves in the game, with 13 of those saves coming in the second half alone.  Wesley out-shot the Griffins 29-9 for the game and 6-0 in the overtime periods.

Neylan Leads Wesley to First Win
(Tuesday, September 6th)
POMONA, Nj. - Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover) helped lead Wesley (1-1) to its first win, posting 1 goal and 1assist in the Wolverines' 2-1 victory over Richard Stockton College (1-2) in field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon.  Neylan opened up the scoring 7:41 into the game as she assisted Brittany Cahill (FR, Falmouth, MA/Notre Dame) to put Wesley up 1-0.  Neylan then posted an unassisted goal with 8:39 remaining in the first half to put Wesley up 2-0 going into intermission.  The Ospreys would score less than a minute into the second for the final tally.

Wesley Falls to Rowan in Opener
(Saturday, September 3rd)
GLASSBORO, Nj. - Wesley College (0-1) fell to non-conference opponent Rowan University (2-0) by a final score of 5-0, in their 2005 season opener on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley was out-shot 43-2, while the Profs held a 21-1 advantage in corners.  Goalkeepers LeAnne Hyslop (JR, Bayville, NJ/Central Regional) and Kelle Search (New Egypt, NJ/New Egypt) posted 17 and 4 saves respectively for Wesley.

2005 Season Preview
DOVER, De. - Four-time Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year, Tracey Short, enters her 11th season at the helm of the field hockey program at Wesley College with lofty expectations for the 2005 season.  Wesley is coming off back-to-back undefeated conference seasons, along with back-to-back PAC championships in 2003 and 2004.  The Lady Wolverines finished 2004 with a 17-4 overall record and 11-0 conference mark and need to make-up for the loss of 7 starters.

Captains Lindsey Williams (SR, Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen), Amanda Neff (SR, Lehighton, PA/Lehighton), Julene Gamble (SR, Selbyville, DE/Indian River) and LeAnne Hyslop (Bayville, NJ/Central Regional) will be looked upon to lead Wesley to their third straight conference crown.  Williams, Neff and Gamble have helped Wesley to a 45-17 overall and 30-3 conference records over the last three years.

Williams, a two-time 1st team conference selection, will help lead the offensive attack as she was the leading goal (14) and points (31) leader for Wesley in 2004.  Brittany Bailey (SR, Rehoboth Beach, DE/Cape Henlopen) will add valuable experience as she accounted for 5 goals and 1 assist, while starting in 20 games for Wesley.  Helping Williams and Bailey on the offensive end will be Rachael Onorato (SR, Phillipsburg, NJ/Phillipsburg) (3G), Karah Burton (JR, Pocomoke, MD/Pocomoke) (1G, 2A), Susan Neylan (SO, Dover, DE/Dover) (1G, 3 A) and Kasey Dobos (SO, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest).

Neff, a first team selection in 2004, returns to anchor the defense of Wesley that allowed a 1.26 goals against average in 2004.  Neff also added 3 goals and 1 assist and Gamble started in 20 games.  Hyslop started the first 13 games of the season in goal last year, before being injured in a car accident.  Hyslop was still an honorable mention conference selection after holding opponents to a .60 goals against average and a save percentage of .926.  Deanna Devine (JR, Dover, DE/Dover) will also be looked upon to add stability to the defensive side.  Key newcomers for the Lady Wolverines include Danielle Vincent (SO, Camden, DE/Lake Forest), Brittany Cahill (East Falmouth, MA/Notre Dame Academy), Kellie Labo (Crisfield, MD/Crisfield) and Samantha Marconi (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield, NJ).

Although Coach Short knows that replacing 7 starters will be difficult, her expectations have not veered away from the goals for 2005.  "Replacing the senior class that we lost is going to be difficult.  They controlled a lot of things on and off the field.  The leadership from our captains Lindsey Williams, Amanda Neff and LeAnne Hyslop, along with our upper class, should prove to assist in focusing the team on the goals at hand.  I expect the field hockey team to work together and develop into a well-tuned machine by mid-season," stated Short.

Field Hockey Honored by NFHCA
Dover, DE - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced the Division III National Academic Team Award and programs with a Team Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.  Wesley College is 1 of the 81 teams in Division III that posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Lady Wolverines had 6 players that were named to the 2004 NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad: Brittany Bailey (Rehoboth Beach, DE/Cape Henlopen), Sarah Blackowicz (Manchester, MD/North Carroll), Julene Gamble (Selbyville, DE/Indian River), Lauren Garber (Langhorne, PA/Neshaminy), Stephanie Hartsoe (Newark, DE/Newark) and Billie Hrupsa (Harrington, DE/Lake Forest).