Tango Sets Beavers' Single-Season Assist Mark, Towers and Gilman Each Score Twice as Green and White Reaches Second Straight NEWMAC Final
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The top-seeded and third-ranked Babson College field hockey team scored five times in less than 12 minutes late in the first half on its way to defeating fifth-seeded Springfield College, 7-3, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Saturday at MacDowell Field.
With its 19th straight conference win, Babson improves to 17-3 overall and will make back-to-back NEWMAC Tournament final appearances for the first time in school history. Springfield, which was making its first semifinal appearance since 2012, closes the year at 13-8.
Senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.) and junior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) both scored twice and junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) added a goal and one assist to become the program's single-season leader with 18. Senior Julie Mortimer (Sterling, Mass.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) also had a goal apiece, while junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) and sophomore Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.) both finished with an assist for the Beavers.
First-year Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the Pride. Senior Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) and first-year Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) also scored, while junior goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) turned away 12 shots in defeat.
Tango opened the scoring at the 22:45 mark with a rocket past Drake following a penalty corner. Towers made it 2-0 when she scored off a Springfield giveaway 90 seconds later, and Gilman drilled home a turnaround shot off a feed from Diamond to extend the lead to three at the 26:42 mark.
Towers notched her second goal of the stanza by redirecting a blast from Tango, and Roche capped the first-half outburst just 38 seconds from the break by jamming home a rebound following a scramble in front for a 5-0 lead.
Mortimer converted her second penalty stroke of the fall in the 45th minute, and Babson matched its biggest lead of the game at 7-1 when Gilman responded to Kennedy's goal with her second marker of the afternoon at the 51:10 mark. Low scored off a rebound less than three minutes later and Bronk tipped a pass from junior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) past Beavers' sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) with just under 13 minutes to go for the final margin.
Barry finished with four saves for Babson, which held a 32-13 edge in shots and a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners.
The Beavers will host either 12th-ranked and second-seeded MIT or sixth-seeded Wellesley in Sunday's 12 p.m. championship game at MacDowell Field.
• Babson has now won seven in a row against Springfield and is 4-4 all-time against the Pride in conference tournament matches.
• The Beavers' 19-game conference and 16-game home winning streaks are good for the third longest in Division III.
• The Green and White had conceded one goal or less in 27 straight league matches prior to Saturday.
• Babson's seven goals are its most since scoring eight in a 2004 NEWMAC quarterfinal win over Mount Holyoke.
• Tango, who passed Elise Conley '06 and Colleen Kelly '11 for the program's single-season assist record, is now tied with Morgan Lockwood '14 for second in Babson history with 38 assists.