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No. 5 Field Hockey Downs Wesleyan, 5-1

No. 5 Field Hockey Downs Wesleyan, 5-1

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Juniors Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) netted two goals apiece as fifth-ranked Babson College downed Wesleyan University, 5-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.

With the win, Babson improves to 4-0 on the year, while Wesleyan drops to 1-1.

Sophomore Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) added a goal, while Tango, senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y) and junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) each tacked on an assist for the Green and White.

The Beavers struck first as Gilman, off a feed from Drakeley, found her way to the back of the cage in the ninth minute of play, to give Babson a 1-0 advantage. The Green and White got off to a fast start in the second half as Gilman netted her second goal of the game 19 seconds into the stanza to make it 2-0. Tango followed with the first of her two tallies, converting a feed from Towers for a three-goal advantage in the 51st minute.

Wesleyan ended the Beavers' scoring run as first-year Nikki Gerjarusak (Wayland, Mass.) notched its lone goal off an assist from junior Ali Friend (North Easton, Mass.) to cut the deficit to two in the 53rd minute. Tango set up Driscoll's first tally of the year just under six minutes later, and then struck for her second goal of the year in the closing minutes to cap the victory. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) stopped one shot for Beavers, while sophomore Delaney Wood (Winslow, Maine) finished with eight saves for the Cardinals.

The Green and White held a 28-5 edge in shots and 13-3 advantage in corners.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when they visit second-ranked Tufts at 5 p.m., while Wesleyan hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

• The Beavers have won four straight against Wesleyan and pull within one (6-7) in the all-time series.
• With two goals and four assists this week, Tango moves into the eighth place on the program's career scoring list with 91 points.
• The Green and White has held it's opponents to one goal or less in 13 of the last 14 games going back to the 2016 season.
• The Beavers have won 34 straight games when leading at halftime.