Wellesley 0, Amherst 3; Wellesley 1, Tufts 3;
Wellesley 0, Bowdoin 3
The Blue travelled to Amherst College on Friday night for their first game of the Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by Amherst and Smith College. The 16-team tournament featured strong competition as Wellesley fell to Amherst, Tufts and Bowdoin, each boasting top-ten regional NCAA rankings. After a tough 0-3 loss to Amherst on Friday, the Blue battled with Tufts in their first of two matches Saturday. The Blue came out on top after the first set 27-25, but dropped the next two, falling 2-1 to the Jumbos entering the match’s final set. Despite a season-high 20 kills from Sydney Carfagno ’15 and a strong performance from Maddie Koh ’17, who dished out 34 assists and six digs, the Blue couldn’t pull off the upset, losing a tight 25-23 final set and ending the match 1-3 to the Jumbos. In Wellesley’s final match of the tournament, Taylor Jais ’17 finished with a team-high 18 digs complemented by Carfagno’s match-high ten kills in a 3-0 loss to the Bowdoin Bears. Carfagno earned all-tournament team honors for the Blue, who will wrap up the regular season this Saturday against Springfield.
Wellesley 0, Smith 0; Wellesley 1, Coast Guard 1
Despite a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal, the Blue remained scoreless after 110 minutes of play in their 0-0 tie at Smith on Saturday. The offensive effort was lead by forward Juliette Fry ’16 who finished the game with six shots followed by Maddie Carlborg ’17, Darlene Dang ’16, Sumner Hanula ’17 and Melise Knowles ’18 who each added two. Goalkeeper Claire Cerda ’15 racked up her fifth shutout of the season for the Blue, who stand at 8-7-4 overall after a tie with Coast Guard on Tuesday. Wellesley will play their final regular season game this Saturday at 1 p.m. against NEWMAC opponent Springfield.
Wellesley 4, Clark 1
Wellesley field hockey completed their sweep of NEWMAC opponents in the regular season after a 4-1 win over Clark on Saturday, securing their top seed entering the tournament next week and lifting their 15-2 overall record. The Blue, who hold a no. 10 NCAA ranking, led a balanced offense scoring two goals per half. Anissa Sridhar ’16 initiated the offense with a goal assisted by Courtney Peterson ’17 5:17 into the game, only to be levelled by the Cougars at the 11:00 mark. Alex Azzi ’15 gave Wellesley the go-ahead off an assist from Nikki Sharkin ’17 and the Blue never looked back, piling on two more goals in the second half from seniors Nathalie Gruet and Meghan Peterson. Goalkeeper Lucy Hurlock ’17 tallied two saves to earn the win for the Blue, who will finish up their regular season against UMass Dartmouth this afternoon.
Wellesley 1, Babson 5
Wellesley tennis wrapped up their fall season earlier than hoped as the Blue fell 5-1 to third seed Babson in the NEWMAC semi-finals on Saturday. After a tight 5-4 loss to Wellesley earlier in the month, the hosting Beavers came out strong, topping the Blue in two of three doubles matches and proceeding to win every singles match of the contest. Doubles pair Andjela Stojkovic ’17 and Caroline Hsu ’18 were the only players to pick up wins for the Blue. Lone senior Sojung Lee played at the number one singles spot, falling to Babson’s Yagmur Akgul 6-4, 6-2 in the first of the singles matches. At the number 5 and 6 singles positions, Samantha Stone ’17 and Dasha Kostikina ’17 fell to their Babson counterparts to give Babson a total of 5 wins to secure their advance into the NEWMAC finals. In the loss, the Blue finished what has been a strong fall season, finishing 7-1 against conference opponents before the tournament and 8-3 overall.
Wellesley 1st in Seven Sisters Championship
The Blue brought home their sixth straight Seven Sisters Championship on Sunday, defeating Simmons, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Bryn Mawr on the Charles River. Wellesley dominated the field, winning the Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, Novice 8 and 2nd Novice 8 races and outscored runner-up Mount Holyoke by ten points in the team results. The Blue’s Varsity 8 boat finished with a regatta-best time of 15:39, only one minute ahead of the Blue’s 2nd Varsity 8. The Blue’s Novice 8’s also recorded commanding wins, earning eight points each towards Wellelsey’s team total. It was the 2nd Novice 8 boat that finished with the largest margin of victory, crossing the line 1:21 ahead of Mount Holyoke. Four Wellesley crew members were named to the All Regatta Team including Sahar Ibrahim ’16 from Varsity 8, Emma Reuder ’15 from 2nd Varsity 8, Stephanie Kim ’18 at coxswain and Lauren Bazley ’18 on novice. The Championship concluded the Blue’s fall schedule until they next hit the water for competition in March.
Wellesley 26, Framingham State University 0
Wellesley rugby maintained their perfect 4-0 record in another shutout at Framingham State University on Sunday. The Blue held off the Rams while attacking with a balanced offense, recording four ties for five points each and three conversion kicks for two points each. High-scorer Tori Brown ’15 tallied two ties and Miranda Chinman ’16 and Alix Lewis ’16 added one each. Rounding out the offense was Ari Rodriguez ’16 who executed all three kick conversions. The Blue will host MIT this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Miles Roberts