Field Hockey Posts Fourth Consecutive Victory This Season, 3-0, over Babson While Playing for the Cure
Behind a trio of first-half goals and a suffocating defense, Wesleyan defeated Babson, 3-0, Sat., Oct. 15 in the teams' first meeting since 2006. Wesleyan improved to 7-4 with the victory, its 14th straight over a non-conference foe. The game was the Cardinals' annual Play for the Cure contest to benefit the Komen Foundation and its breast cancer research activities (photo).
Blair Ingraham '14 put Wesleyan on the board early in the first half with her third goal of the season. Ingraham's shot from the right side 9:39 into the game gave the Cardinals all the offense they would need, as Wesleyan limited Babson to just four shots in the contest, three of which were on goal.
Wesleyan made it a 2-0 game midway through the first half. Liz Chabot '12 took the ball up the left side and crossed it to Morgan McCauley '12 in front. McCauley put it home with 17:21 gone for her team-leading 10th goal, with Chabot recording her team-high fifth assist on the play.
Taryn Murray '13 finished the scoring with 6:22 left in the first frame. Ashley McLaren '13 stripped a Babson player on the left side and crossed it to Murray on the right for Murray's third goal.
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Wesleyan held a 27-4 edge in shots in the contest, but 16 saves by the Babson keeper, nine of which came in the second half, kept the Cardinals from extending their advantage. Tori Redding '13 had three saves for her fifth shutout of the year as the team posted its fourth win in a row. Over those four games, Wesleyan has outscored the opposition, 19-1.
Wesleyan and Babson last met on Sept. 14, 2006, with Wesleyan coming away with a 4-1 victory. Babson last defeated Wesleyan in 2003 with a 1-0 double-overtime decision. Wesleyan also concluded its third straight perfect non-conference slate with the win, as the Cardinals' last loss to a non-conference foe was a 2-0 setback at Mount Holyoke College on Oct. 23, 2008.
Wesleyan travels to Connecticut College for a NESCAC battle on Wed, Oct. 19 in its next action.