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No. 19 Field Hockey Edges Wesleyan for Sixth Consecutive Win, 1-0

No. 19 Field Hockey Edges Wesleyan for Sixth Consecutive Win, 1-0

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Sophomore Isabella Boonstra (Southampton, Bermuda) broke a scoreless deadlock with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter as 19th-ranked Babson College defeated Wesleyan University, 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Smith Field.

Babson, which won its sixth consecutive game, improves to 11-3 on the year, while Wesleyan slipped to 5-7 with its third straight one-goal loss.

Junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) contributed an assist and sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three saves, all in the second half, for the Beavers.

Senior goalkeeper Delaney Wood (Winslow, Maine) made seven of her eight saves over the final 30 minutes for the Cardinals, who were outshot 25-9 in the match by Babson.

After combining to put just one shot on goal in the opening half, the Green and White forced Wood to make three saves over the first 5:09 of the third quarter. Riley made her first save of the afternoon when she kicked away sophomore Paris Cipollone's (Purchase, N.Y.) one-timer in the 42nd minute, and Boonstra redirected Paro's shot less than two minutes later to put the Beavers in front with her first career goal.

Riley kicked away first-year Diana Schwarz's (Etna, N.H.) bid to tie the game in the 49th minute and denied her again in the 58th minute with a stick save to secure her fourth shutout of the season.

In addition to its large edge in shots, Babson also finished with a 14-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action next Saturday at 12 p.m. as the Beavers travel to Smith, while Wesleyan is at Hamilton.

• Babson is 8-7 all-time against Wesleyan and has won the last six meetings against the Cardinals.
• The Beavers are 5-1 this season in games decided by a single goal.
• With Sunday's victory, the Beavers are now 7-1 on the road this season and have won 23 of their last 27 games away from home going back to 2016.
• Babson has won 12 consecutive matches in the month of October over the last two years.