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Tango Becomes Career Assist Leader as No. 7 Field Hockey Rolls Past Wesleyan, 4-1

Tango Becomes Career Assist Leader as No. 7 Field Hockey Rolls Past Wesleyan, 4-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) finished with a goal and two assists to become the program's all-time leader as seventh-ranked Babson College defeated visiting Wesleyan University, 4-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Babson improves to 4-0 on the year, while Wesleyan slips to 1-1.

Tango, who is now fourth all-time with 131 career points, passed Colleen Kelly '11 as the all-time leader with the 43rd of her career late in the second half. Senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.), junior Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) and first-year Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) all added goals for the Beavers, who got one save from first-year Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.).

Junior Erica Horowitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her third goal of the year for the Cardinals, who got nine saves from fellow junior Delaney Wood (Winslow, Maine.).

The Green and White wasted little time getting on the board with two goals in the opening 2:23. Tango dribbled into the circle following a restart and blasted a shot past Wood just 35 seconds into match, and DiBiase put away her fourth tally of the year off a deflected centering pass by Tango less than two minutes later for a 2-0 advantage.

Babson outshot Wesleyan 15-1 over the opening 35 minutes, but Wood stood tall with six saves to keep the visitors within striking distance. The Beavers finally added another insurance tally just 3:29 into the second half as Gilman put away a feed from Tango to make it 3-0.

Sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) cleared a shot by Cardinals' first-year Colleen Carrigan (Landsdale, Pa.) off the line in the 41st minute and Carrigan was denied by the post 50 seconds later. Wesleyan finally broke through on the tally by Horowitz at the 44:23 mark. Tango found Greer with a centering pass in the 69th minute for the final margin.

The Beavers finished with a 23-7 edge in shots, while both teams attempted six penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts eighth-ranked Tufts at 6 p.m., while Wesleyan takes on Roger Williams at 5 p.m.

• The Beavers have won five straight matches to even the all-time series at 7-7 against Wesleyan.
• With four points on Saturday, Tango has produced five goals and six assists for 16 points in four career outings against the Cardinals.
• The Beavers improve to 39-2 going back to the start of 2016 when allowing one goal or less.
• Babson has outscored its first four opponents 13-1 in the first half.