Beavers Match School Record in 10-Goal Outburst to Win 10th Straight Season Opener
WORCESTER, Mass.—Juniors Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) combined for seven goals as seventh-ranked Babson College rolled past Worcester State University, 10-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Friday afternoon.
Roche scored a career-high four times and DiBiase recorded her first career hat trick as the Beavers opened with a victory for the 10th year in a row. Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) finished with three assists, while classmate Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and first-year Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) both contributed a goal and an assist in the win.
Senior Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) scored for the Lancers (0-1), who got 11 saves from first-year Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) in a losing effort.
The Green and White built a 4-0 lead less than 16 minutes into the contest. Senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) put away a feed from Tango following a penalty corner in the fifth minute, Roche scored a pair of markers less than two minutes apart, and Gilman converted another feed from Tango at the 19:45 mark.
Parent got Worcester State on the board seconds later, but DiBiase answered with a pair of tallies and Roche completed her hat trick two minutes before halftime to push the Beavers' lead to 7-1 at the break. DiBiase scored her third goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute, Greer converted a pass from first-year Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) in the 64th minute and Roche tacked on the last of her four goals in the closing minutes for the final margin.
First-year Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made two saves, one in each half, for the Green and White, which held a 27-5 edge in shots and 12-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Endicott at 6 p.m., while Worcester State travels to Salve Regina for the first of five straight road games on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 5-0 all-time against Worcester State while outscoring the Lancers 37-2.
• Roche's four goals are the most by a Babson player since Morgan Lockwood '14 tallied four times against Wellesley in 2011.
• Tango's three assists on Friday moved her into second place in program history with 41, which is just one behind all-time leader Colleen Kelly '11.
• DiBiase has now scored five goals in her last two games against Worcester State.