MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Olivia Baglieri scored the game-winner in the third quarter and Delaney Wood saved 17 shots in a shutout performance as the Wesleyan field hockey team upset No. 5 Tufts on Smith Field Tuesday night, 1-0.
The Cardinals have now won two-straight as they improve to 5-4 on the year and 1-4 in the NESCAC. The Jumbos fall to 6-2 and 3-1.
"From the first day of preseason, every person on this team has worked so hard and improved tremendously," said Head Coach Christine Kemp. "It all came together tonight as we battled with a talented Tufts team. No matter what was thrown at us, our confidence and composure shone through. We proved we can compete with the best. I am so incredibly proud of this group and can't wait to continue to go up from here!"
- The Cardinals continually held off a strong offensive attack from Tufts in the first half.
- With just over eight minutes left in the first quarter, Wood made an incredible stick save as she knocked down a shot midair.
- The senior goalkeeper made another spectacular save early in the second quarter as she swung her stick across her body, swatting an airborne shot and keeping the Jumbos off the board.
- Tufts controlled the ball in the first half but was unable to find the back of the net as the teams entered the break in a 0-0 tie.
- It was a similar story in the second half but in the closing minutes of the third quarter, the Cardinals took advantage of a penalty stroke as Baglieri snuck her shot into the bottom left corner of the net for what proved to be the game-winner.
- With roughly three minutes remaining in the game, Diana Schwarz nearly scored an insurance tally but Tufts goalkeeper Andie Stallman dove to her right to save the shot. Schwarz rebounded the ball but her second attempt went far left.
- The Jumbos applied pressure heavily in the closing minutes but the Cardinals defense remained poised and did not allow Tufts to get a good shot on net as the home team held on for the upset victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Tufts held a commanding 31-6 lead in shots and 18-3 edge in penalty corners, but Wood was incredible in net with 17 saves and Baglieri made a defensive save early in the first quarter.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 5 as the Cardinals head to Massachusetts to face their Little Three rival, Amherst. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.