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Wellesley athletics | November 16, 2013

Wellesley sets school mark for win, beats Ursinus 3-0 in second round

SALISBURY, Md. -- Wellesley advanced to the round of eight at the 2013 Division III tournament with a 3-0 victory against Ursinus on Saturday afternoon.

The victory lifts Wellesley to 18-3 overall, and sets a program mark for wins in a season. The 2013 Blue surpassed the 1995 team that went 17-5 overall and advanced to the national semifinals. Ursinus (15-6) sees its season come to an end.

The Blue now advance to Sunday's regional final, taking on host Salisbury at 1 p.m. The Sea Gulls posted a 1-0 victory against Tufts in Saturday's other game.

The Blue outshot the Bears 25-7, and held a 15-4 edge in corners, holding Ursinus scoreless for the first time this season.

The Blue got on the board in the 10th minute, converting on a penalty corner. First-year Nikki Sharkin connected on the goal after an insert from classmate Courtney Peterson.

Wellesley pushed it to 2-0 in the 22nd minute, as Peterson and Sharkin again paired up for a score. Peterson found the back of the cage this time, deflecting a shot from Sharkin for the score.

The Blue outshot Ursinus 13-3 in the first half, while holding a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Wellesley made it 3-0 in the 54th minute of play, as Sharkin scored her second of the game and 13th of the season. Courtney Peterson sent a ball in from the right side of the field, finding Sharkin in front for the one-time goal.

With a 3-0 lead, Wellesley's defense went back to work, only allowing a flurry of Ursinus activity in the 68th minute. The Bears got off three consecutive shots in the stretch, but Blue senior Brit Mscisz calmly turned away all three attempts, preserving the 3-0 victory.

Mscisz finished the game with four saves, earning her sixth shutout of the season. For Ursinus, Danielle DeSpirito made nine saves.