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.
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.