Roeca's Goal Propels #5 Field Hockey over #18 Babson, 1-0

MEDFORD – Sophomore Gillian Roeca earned the lone tally in the third quarter as #5 Tufts University Field Hockey downed #18 Babson College in non-conference action at Ounjian Field on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Andie Stallman earned her first shutout of the season.

The Jumbos improve to 5-1 on the season while the Beavers fall to 5-3.

Babson earned an early penalty corner which resulted in a shot by Millie Brady that was blocked. Tufts responded with a penalty corner of their own. Senior Brigid Gliwa fired a high, arcing shot that was knocked down by the Beaver goalkeeper, Cassidy Riley. Both of those opportunities occurred within the first four minutes of play and neither team earned a strong opportunity for the remainder of the first quarter.

A green card on the Jumbos gave Babson an extra-player opportunity. They earned a series of three penalty corners, but strong defense by Tufts blocked two shots which closed out the opportunity. With seven minutes remaining in the half, Lauren Curley found an opening and fired a shot on Jumbo sophomore goalkeeper Andie Stallman. She turned the shot away and the Jumbos earned possession after a foul.

Tufts responded with their own opportunity with a penalty corner with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Senior Marguerite Salamone took the corner and sent a pass to junior Beth Krikorian. She found senior Rachel Hamilton on her left. Hamilton passed back across the arc to sophomore Sophie Schoeni who fired a shot on goal. That was kicked away by Riley.

Babson came out of the break on the attack as Curley fired a shot on goal in the first two minutes, coming from a foul. A yellow card was issued to Tufts sophomore Claire Foley with just over nine and half minutes to play in the third quarter. On the ensuing free play, the Jumbos created a turnover and sent a pass forward to Roeca who snuck behind the Beaver backline and made a move to her right to earn the first goal of the contest. The tally is her team-leading third of the season.

The Jumbos earned a strong opportunity with time winding down in the quarter as a pass found Foley inside the arc, but before she could get a shot off the horn sounded to close out the third quarter.

Babson earned an opportunity within the first two minutes of the fourth. Tori Roche fired a shot on goal that was turned away by Stallman. From there, the Jumbos locked down defensively. They did not allow a strong opportunity until a redirected pass by Kate Driscoll went on goal. Again, Stallman made the save to keep the Jumbos out in front.

Stallman made four saves on four shots on goal in her fifth win of the season. She is now 5-1. Riley made three saves on four shots on goal in the losing effort. She is 5-3.

The Jumbos return to action on Saturday for a NESCAC matchup at Bates. They are scheduled to start at noon. The Beavers remain on the road as they head to Springfield College Saturday for non-conference action. They are start at 11:30am.