Amber Bruckner '14 Strikes for 2 Goals, Blair Ingraham '14 Adds a Goal & Assist as Field Hockey Downs Babson, 3-1 - Team Falls to Defending Champ Tufts
Wesleyan improved to 7-2 all-time vs. Babson with its sixth straight win over Beavers, claiming a 3-1 decision Fri., Sept. 13. Amber Bruckner '14 (#10, right side photo) led the Cardinal attack with a pair of goals while classmate Blair Ingraham '14 (#18, left side photo) added a goal and an assist to the Wesleyan cause. Wesleyan returned to action Tues., Sept. 17, hosting NESCAC rival and defending NCAA Division III champion Tufts, dropping a 3-0 decision.
Bruckner put Wesleyan ahead with 10:11 left in the first half as she netted her first goal of the season off a pass from Ingraham. Ingraham pushed the ball through the Babson defense deep into the scoring circle and Bruckner added to the impetus of the ball to help it find the back of the net behind the Babson goalie. Wesleyan held a substantial 16-6 edge in total shots during the game.
Babson tied the score late in the first half a long, low shot from the right side into the left side of the net past netminder Sara Grundy '16 (4 saves) with 1:16 to go. That shot came on a rebound after Grundy made a pad save on a hard shot just before.
Wesleyan took the lead for good on Bruckner's second goal of the game, just 1:34 into the second half. Hannah Plappert '16 sent a sweeping backhand pass across the circle from the right to an open Bruckner at the left post, and she was able to trap and slip the ball into the net for the 2-1 lead. Ingraham then padded the margin to 3-1 with 20:23 left on the clock, scoring on a rebound from high in the middle after Taylor Wells '14 had handled the insertion on a penalty corner, as Wesleyan had nine on the game, getting the ball to Plappert for a driving shot that the Babson keeper stopped. Ingraham leads Wesleyan in scoring this season with two goals and an assist.
Agaist Tufts, the Jumbos took the lead late in the first half and went on two add a pair of goals in the second period to lock up a 3-0 triumph. Wesleyan will be at home in a NESCAC game vs. Bates Sat., Sept. 21 in a game slated for a webcast.
With a 19-6 edge in total shots, including 12-1 in the first period, Tufts got the go-ahead and eventual winning goal in the 27th minute off a rebound of a previous shot saved by Cardinal netminder Grundy, who finished with seven stops. Tufts made it 2-0 as the Jumbos worked down the right side and turned the corner just before the endline, hitting an open player with a centering pass for a shot from in close with 9:07 left in the contest. Just 3:15 later, the Jumbos upped the margin to 3-0 with a rocket that hit the back of the net just above the board.