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Game Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Tufts

Game Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Tufts

No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Tufts University
Tuesday, September 11 | 6:00 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Tufts will meet for the 25th time on Tuesday evening in a series that dates back to 1994.
• The Jumbos have won 20 of the previous 24 meetings between the two teams; however, the Beavers have been victorious in two of the last three meetings.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Tori Roche scored 6:08 into overtime to lift then-sixth-ranked Babson College to a 3-2 overtime win against then-second-ranked Tufts on September 12, 2017, at Ounjinan Field.
• Juniors Carla DiBiase and Kate Driscoll each logged a goal in the win, while Deirdre Barry recorded nine saves. Mary Travers and Celia Lewis both scored for the Jumbos. 

LAST TUFTS WIN
• Annie Artz scored the go-ahead goal with 6:49 remaining in the second half to lift then-12th-ranked Tufts to a 2-1 win over then-10th-ranked Babson on September 13, 2016, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• No. 8 Tufts (1-0) got goals from senior Hanaa Malik and sophomore Beth Kirkorian to shutout Colby, 2-0, in its season opener on Saturday.
• Senior Emily Polinski, who went 10-5 with a 0.83 goals against average last year, only had to make two saves to record her 21st career shutout.
• The Jumbos return 16 players and six starters, led by reigning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year Issy Del Priore, from a team that went 11-5 last season.
• Malik (5-5-15) and senior Gigi Tutoni (6-2-14) finished second and third on the team, respectively, in points last fall.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Senior Ashley Tango finished with a goal and two assists as No. 7 Babson (4-0) defeated Wesleyan, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon.
• DiBiase, senior Catherine Gilman and first-year Quinn Greer each added a goal for the Beavers, who got one save from first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley
• Roche (6-2-14) and DiBiase (4-0-8) have combined for 10 goals, while Tango (3-5-11) and senior Lauren Drakeley (1-3-5), who has one defensive save on the year, have registered seven assists through four games.
• Riley has posted a 0.75 goals against average and an .813 save percentage with one shutout in four starts. 

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
• Tango, who now ranks fourth in program history with 131 points, passed Colleen Kelly '11 as Babson's all-time assist leader with the 43rd of her career late in the second half of Saturday's win over Wesleyan.

FIRST HALF STATEMENT
• The Green and White has outscored its first four opponents 13-1 in the opening half this season.
• Going back to the start of the 2015 season, Babson has conceded just 15 goals in 69 contests.

DOWN TO THE WIRE
• Including each of the last two meetings, seven games between Babson and Tufts have been decided by a single goal dating back to 2006.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers, who will play three of their next five games against top-10 foes, have gone 8-5 against nationally-ranked foes going back to 2015.

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