Wolters with nine saves in the loss
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team lost to Johnson & Wales University, 5-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Nordin Field.
Wildcats' first-year forward Giovanna Ciavardoni (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) powered the offense with her first career hat-trick, while senior forward Courtney McTeague (Saugus, Mass./Saugus) and first-year forward Katrina Brunette (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) also added tallies in the win. First-year goalkeeper Shannon Yoder (Boyertown, Pa./Oley Valley) stopped ten shots in the shutout to push her scoreless streak to 219:28.
Wheaton senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable), who was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, recorded nine saves in the loss (7-3). First-year Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) compiled seven shots in the contest including a team-high four on goal. Senior co-captains Sarah McNicholas (Concord, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) and Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) registered four shots apiece.
Ciavardoni opened up the scoring just 35-seconds in with a hard-hit shot from just inside the top of the circle for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Nine minutes and 12 seconds later, Ciavardoni added to the Wildcats' total on the scoreboard as she stole a ball away from a defender in the circle and roofed a shot into the top left corner of the cage.
McTeague closed out the first stanza with her sixth tally of the year at the 36:11 mark after she gathered a loose ball near the left post and sniped a shot into the top right corner of the cage. Ciarvadoni completed her hat-trick at the 42:07 mark and Brunette capped the scoring at 48:50.
Wheaton outshot the Wildcats, 24-20, and also held an 11-6 margin in penalty corners.
Wheaton (7-3) travels to Springfield College on Saturday, October 4 for a NEWMAC contest at 1 p.m. Johnson & Wales (6-4) hosts Simmons College this Saturday at 1 p.m.