MEDFORD, Mass.—Sophomore Gillian Roeca (Baltimore, Md.) scored the only goal of the game 5:30 into the third quarter as fifth-ranked Tufts University held on to defeat 18th-ranked Babson College, 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday afternoon at Ounjian Field.
With the loss, Babson slips to 5-3 on the year, while Tufts moves to 5-1 with its second consecutive victory.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with three saves for the Beavers, who outshot the Jumbos 9-5 in the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Andie Stallman (Barrington, R.I.) stopped four shots to earn her fifth win of the year for Tufts.
The Green and White dominated the early portion of the second quarter, but failed to get a shot on goal despite earning three straight penalty corners as both senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) had their attempts blocked by Jumbos' defenders. Riley made her second save of the opening half late in the second quarter, and Stallman stopped another bid by Curley less than two minutes into the third to keep the game scoreless.
Tufts sophomore Claire Foley (Louisville, Ky.) was sent off with a yellow card, but a Babson defensive miscue on the restart helped setup the Jumbos goal. Roeca gained control following a turnover and broke into the circle where she pushed the ball past Riley and hit a diving shot into the cage past two defenders for her third tally of the season.
Stallman kept the hosts in front with a strong fourth quarter that included a save on senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) 1:46 into the frame, and kicked away her second bid to tie the game with less than five minutes to play.
The Beavers finished the match with a 4-2 edge in corners, although neither team attempted one after halftime.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Springfield at 11:30 a.m., while Tufts visits nationally-ranked Bates at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-3 over the last five seasons against Tufts with four of the games having been decided by a single goal.
• Prior to Wednesday's setback Babson had won each of its first four games decided by a single goal.
• The loss to the Jumbos marks just the sixth time in 104 games dating back to October 2012 that the Beavers have been beaten when allowing just one goal.