Babson netted goals in the 24th and 46th minutes for a 2-0 lead, then held on to defeat the Cardinals, 2-1, Fri., Sept. 11 in Wesleyan's home opener. Babson stayed unbeaten at 4-0 while Wesleyan fell to 1-1.
It was the 11th all-time meeting of the squads since 2001. Wesleyan holds a 7-4 edge in the series but had a six-game win streak vs. Babson snapped on the road a year ago, 2-1 in overtime. All four Babson wins have come by a lone goal, three times in overtime. Six of the Cardinals' seven victories have come by two goals or more.
Babson went ahead for good with its goal off a rebound of a shot in front of the Cardinal net that was saved by Cardinal goalie Sara Grundy '16 and bounced to Grundy's left, leaving just a few feet to push the ball into the open left side for the marker. The second Beaver marker came from the middle after a Babson penalty corner with a pass from the right side to the open Beaver.
Wesleyan narrowed the difference to a single goal in the 55th minute when Lizzie Horwitz '19 finished off a Wesleyan penalty corner by putting home the rebound off a sweeping shot from high on the left by Hannah Plappert '16, which came off the pad of the Babson keeper. The assist upped Plappert's team-leading point total to five. Horwitz now has a goal and an assist to her credit. Lauren Yue '17 started the corner with a pass to Caitlin Majewski '16, who then passed to Plappert. But Wesleyan could not get the equalizer over the final 15 minutes.
Though Wesleyan controlled the outset of the contest, getting the first four shots, Babson took the final 12 shots of the first half which included Holmes' goal. The second-half shots were just about even, favoring Babson, 7-6. The Cardinal had eight corner to five by the Beavers. Grundy ended the game with nine saves.
Up next for Wesleyan is another home non-conference tilt against a NEWMAC squad as Wellesley comes to Middletown Sun., Sept. 13. The game will be webcast.
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