After having four Yellowjackets earn Liberty League honors and one named to the senior select game, the UR field hockey headed to Philadelphia, Penn. Tuesday night to face Widener University in the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Regionals.

The Yellowjackets stepped their game up against the Widener University Pioneers Wednesday night, clinching the victory 3-2. Senior Kristy Johnson started off the scoring with an unassisted goal at 23:35 for her eighth of the season. Widener evened things up 41 minutes into the match and added another goal five minutes later to take a 2-1 lead. Johnson sent the equalizing shot soaring into the cage assisted by senior Mary DiMatteo with 18 minutes left in the game.

Senior Revay Wilson single handedly gave UR the lead for good, scoring the third goal with just over seven minutes left. DiMatteo and junior Kari Plewniak each contributed to the victory with six shots each. Rochester outshot Widener 23-18 and held the advantage in penalty corners 10-3. Junior goaltender Rachel Cahan made 13 saves and allowed 2 goals. UR field hockey now has an overall record of 13-6, including the post-season.

Senior midfielder Celinda Fletcher was selected to participate in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior All-Star Game. William Smith College will host the game on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Geneva, NY. The senior game will be played at 9:30 a.m. and is part of the weekend activities of the NCAA Division III Final Four. Fletcher led the team with nine assists and finished second on the team with 53 shots on goal. She played a large role in the team’s success of equaling their single season record of 12 victories. Throughout her four years at UR she has started every game, for a total of 73.

In addition, Fletcher is one of four to earn All-Liberty League Honors in field hockey. The other three are senior defender Heidi Davies, junior goaltender Rachel Cahan and senior forward Mary DiMatteo. Fletcher, Davies and Cahan were all named to the First Team and DiMatteo to Second Team. Co-captain Davies started all 18 games this year and contributed on the defensive side with three defensive saves.

As the backbone of the UR defense, Cahan started every game in goal, making 114 saves and allowing only 20 goals over the course of the entire season. On top of that, she had five shutouts. This was good for lowest goals allowed among goalies in the Liberty League and a 1.10 average for goals allowed per game.

This is the second straight year that Cahan has been named the league’s top goaltender. Co-captain DiMatteo led the team in shots with 60 and goals scored with eight; she was also tied for second in assists with four.

Rochester moves on to the ECAC semifinals this Saturday, November 11 against Johns Hopkins University with the time and location to be determined.

evy is a member of the class of 2008.

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