In the first-ever meeting of the New England rivals, Wesleyan and Babson battled to a scoreless tie through 110 minutes of play Sat., Sept. 14. The shots were nearly even throughout the contest, matching each other within a shot after every period for a 12-10 Wesleyan edge at game's end.
Wesleyan had the best scoring chance in the game, coming during the first overtime period as Sarah Sylla '17 (#19, right side photo) popped a 20-yard shot from the left edge of the box over the Babson goalie, but the ball hit squarely on the crossbar and went out of bounds. Babson had a good chance in the first half when a 16-yard attempt from the right side was pulled wide left.
Jessica Tollman '15 (#30, left side photo) went the distance in the Wesleyan net with two saves for the shutout in her first start of the season. It was her fifth career shutout.
Up next for Wesleyan was a trip to Salve Regina for a contest Wed., Sept. 18. There Wesleyan had to play without either of its regular goalies due to injury. As a result, two field players, Hannah Jellinek ’15 and Kaylie Williams '16, were called upon to fill in. Handling the first 55 minutes, Jellinek made three saves while yielding four goals while Williams covered the net for the final 35 minutes with one save as the Seahawks posted a 4-0 victory. Wesleyan outshot its host, 22-11, but could not solve the Salve defense. Salve evened the series record at 2-2, erasing the remnants of 3-0 Cardinal triumphs in both 2012 and 2011.
Wesleyan is back home in NESCAC play Sat., Sept. 21, hosting Bates and the game will be webcast starting at 11 a.m.