No. 18 Tufts Wins Overtime Thriller Over Babson

MEDFORD - Junior Gabby Horner (Allentown, NJ) curled around from the right side of the net and fired home the game-winning goal in overtime as Tufts defeated Babson, 11-10, in action between local rivals on a cold Friday afternoon at Bello Field.

Horner's goal gave the Jumbos their first lead of the game since 1-0 and improved their early-season record to 2-1. She led the hosts with three goals and two assists, while junior goalie Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) made 15 saves (eight in the first half).

Babson, which had surged to a 4-1 lead early, dropped to 1-2 overall. Junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, MA) was the game-high scorer with four goals and two assists for six points.

The end of regulation saw near misses at both ends. Babson junior goalie Julie Baharestani (Syosset, NY) made two saves on Tufts free-position shots in the final two minutes. At the other end, a shot by Tufts junior Kate Applegate (Chadds Ford, PA) bounced off the post in the final seconds.

After Tufts first-year Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA) scored the game's first goal, a pair by Babson senior tri-captain Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, ME) helped the Beavers go up 4-1 at 12:17 of the first half. Back-to-back goals by Jumbo sophomore Kali DiGate (Wilmington, DE) narrowed the margin to 4-3, but it was 6-4 Beavers at halftime following Beatty's tally with 26 seconds remaining in the period.

Tufts earned the first of four ties in the second half by opening with goals by Applegate and Horner. Beatty netted the next two for Babson, but then Ross scored one and asissted Horner to pull Tufts back to 8-8. The teams traded the next four goals, including one by Jumbo junior Kelley Cohen (Framingham, MA) with 2:36 left in regulation that would send the game to overtime tied 10-10.

Applegate controlled the first OT draw, but a shot by Horner was saved by Baharestani. Babson had a last-second shot by Beatty that Shapanka stopped. Into the second overtime, Applegate won the draw again and Tufts controlled possession before Horner's winner.

Tufts finished with a small 32-29 advantage in shots and won groundballs 20-11. Junior Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) was strong for Tufts with four draw controls, four groundballs, and three caused turnovers.

Senior tri-captain Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, CT) and sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, MA) both added two goals to the Babson attack. Spang won four draws, while Secrist and Kralvovenec both caused three turnovers. Baharestani finished with 12 saves, including seven in the second half. Babson was unable to convert on two extra-man opportunities after Jumbo yellow cards in the second half.

Tufts travels to Long Island to face Farmingdale St. on Tuesday. Babson plays at Catholic on Monday.


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