WELLESLY, Mass. - Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass) scored twice in the first half as No. 2 Babson defeated Wellesley, 4-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference ( NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Wellesley Turf Field.
With the win, Babson is now 11-1 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Wellesley is 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) posted a goal and an assist, while sophomore Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) tagged on a goal. Junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) recorded an assist and sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) logged one save.
The Green and White broke through first when Roche gained possession of a loose ball at the top of the circle and found the back of the cage in the 21st minute. Driscoll tagged on a goal after tipping in a shot from Drakeley during a penalty corner to give Babson a 2-0 lead. Babson extended their lead to 3-0 in the 32nd minute as Roache recorded her scored goal of the game.
Wellesley answered back with a goal of their own in the 33rd minute on a penalty corner. After receiving the insert, sophomore Mitzi Wiggin (North Hampton, N.H) passed the ball to Emmy Hamilton (New York, N.Y) who then launched it into the back of the cage to bring the blue with two.
With 19 seconds left in the first half, Dibiase tipped in the final goal of the game off an assist from Driscoll to give Babson a 4-1 win.
Babson dominated possession in the second half with nine shots while holding the Blue to none.
Wellesley First-year Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded eight saves on the afternoon.
The Green and White held a 21-3 advantage in shots, and a 9-2 edge in penalty corners.
Both teams return to NEWMAC action on Saturday at noon as Babson hosts Clark, while Wellesley has a visit from Mount Holyoke.
• Babson is now 15-28-2 all-time against the Blue.
• The Green and White has won 39 straight games dating back to 2013 when leading at the breka.
• The Beavers have held their opponents to one goal or less in their last 22 NEWMAC outings.