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Game Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey at Worcester State

Game Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey at Worcester State

No. 7 Field Hockey at Worcester State
Friday, August 31 | 12 p.m.
Coughlin Field | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Worcester State will meet for the fifth time on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
• The Beavers are 4-0 all-time and have outscored the Lancers 27-1 in a series that dates back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Carla DiBiase and Jacki Merrigan '18 both scored twice as the Beavers defeated Worcester State, 7-0, on September 1, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Senior Ashley Tango added a goal and an assist and classmates Brielle Schafroth-Bach and Catherine Gilman each scored once for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE LANCERS
• Worcester State (0-0) returns 14 players from a team that won the Little East Conference regular season title and finished at 15-4 overall last year.
• Senior Michaila Parent totaled 21 goals and 15 assists for 57 points and ranked eighth in Division III in points per game (3.00) last fall.
• Junior Olivia Antonelli was third on the team in scoring with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points, while sophomores Rachel Hopkins and Coley Hayes led the team with two defensive saves apiece.
• The Lancers, who went 8-2 at home last season, collected seven of 13 first-place votes to finish atop the LEC preseason coaches' poll.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 7 Babson (0-0) brings back 13 players from a team that went 17-5, captured its third straight NEWMAC regular season title and made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last fall.
• Tango and fellow senior Lauren Drakeley both earned NFHCA All-America honors for the second year in a row last season. Tango scored 11 goals and led all of Division III with 18 assists for 40 points, while Drakeley contributed two goals and nine assists in addition to helping the Beavers' defense post seven shutouts.
• The Green and White returns four of its top five scorers, which includes the forward trio of junior Tori Roche (14-3-31), Gilman (11-1-23) and junior Kate Driscoll (7-1-15).
• Babson finished with a 0.95 goals against average last fall and has recorded 32 shutouts over the last three seasons.

SUPER SENIORS
• The Beavers' senior class of Drakeley, Gilman, Tango and Schafroth-Bach have won 55 games over the last three seasons. The quartet has helped the program capture three straight NEWMAC regular season title in addition to making two NCAA Tournament appearances, which includes a trip to the national semifinals in 2016. 

MAKING HER MARK ON THE HISTORY BOOKS
• Tango enters the year tied for second on the program's all-time list with 38 assists, is eighth in school history in goals (41) and is currently sixth on Babson's points list with 120.

POLL POSITION
• The Green and White, which has won 27 of its last 30 games against league foes, collected six of nine first-place votes to finish atop the NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll earlier this week.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers went 16-0 last season and are 52-2 since the start of the 2015 campaign when scoring two or more goals.

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