GILBERT, Ariz.—Babson College juniors Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) added to their long list of postseason awards on Wednesday when they were named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America team for the second year in a row.
Tango joined Elise Conley '05 as one of just two players in program history to earn All-America first-team honors in back-to-back seasons, while Drakeley collected second-team accolades after being named to the first team last season. The Beavers have now garnered six of their 12 All-America awards over the last three years.
A two-time Longstreth/NFHCA all-region and All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) first-team honoree, Tango produced 11 goals and a program-record 18 assists for 40 points in 22 games this fall. She led Division III in assists and ranked second nationally in assists per game (0.82), while finishing with at least one point in 13 contests.
Tango, who is tied for second in school history in assists (38) and ranks sixth all-time in points (120), is one of just four players in Babson history to record 40 or more points in consecutive seasons.
Drakeley, who was selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year for a second time in 2017, started all 22 games and registered two goals and nine assists for 13 points. A key player on both offensive and defensive penalty corners, she anchored a defense that ranked 13th in Division III in goals against average (0.95) and recorded seven shutouts.
A two-time Longstreth/NFHCA All-New England East first-team selection, Drakeley is tied for 11th in program history with 22 career assists.
In addition to their Longstreth/NFHCA honors, Tango and Drakeley were both named to the Synapse Sports Division III All-America first team, while first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) earned Synapse Sports All-Rookie team recognition.
Babson won its third consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and finished the year at 17-5 overall after earning a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.