CHANDLER, Ariz.—Following its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the Babson College field hockey team had four players earn Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-New England East Region honors on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) were all named to the first team, while first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) took home second-team honors.
Tango, who is one of just five Babson players to earn all-region honors in three different seasons, was named to the NFHCA All-New England East first team for the second year in a row after producing 11 goals and a single-season program record 18 assists for 40 points in 22 games. She finished first among Division III players in assists and ranked second nationally in assists per game (0.82), while leading the Beavers in scoring for the second consecutive season.
Drakeley earned her second straight all-region first-team nod after producing two goals and nine assists for 13 points. The two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Year anchored a Babson defense that ranked 13th in Division III in goals against average (0.95) and produced seven shutouts in 22 games.
A first-team all-conference honoree, Roche was named to the NFHCA's All-New England East team for the first time after scoring a team-high 14 goals this past fall. She started each of the Beavers' final 12 matches and produced three multi-goal games while finishing second on the team in scoring with a career-high 31 points.
Paro, who started all 22 games as a rookie, joins Tango (2015) and Morgan Lockwood '14 (2010) as just the third first-year player in program history to collect all-region honors. She scored three goals and added six assists for 12 points from the midfield to finish eighth on the team in scoring.
The Beavers won their third consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and finished the year at 17-5 overall after suffering a 1-0 loss to Husson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.