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Game Preview: No. 5 Field Hockey vs. Springfield

Game Preview: No. 5 Field Hockey vs. Springfield

No. 5 Field Hockey vs. Springfield
Friday, September 19 | 6:00 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 31st time in a series that dates back to 1996.
• The Beavers are 12-18 all-time against the Pride but have won eight straight matches in the series over the last five years.

LAST MEETING
• Top-seeded and then-third-ranked Babson scored five times in less than 12 minutes late in the first half on its way to defeating fifth-seeded Springfield College, 7-3, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal on November 17, 2017, at MacDowell Field.
• Elise Towers and senior Catherine Gilman both scored twice, while senior Ashley Tango added a goal and one assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Taylor Low finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride. 

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Kelly Gallo and Katie Gill combined for five goals and two assists as the fourth-seeded Pride upset top-seeded Babson, 6-3, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on November 3, 2012, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) recorded three first-half goals on its way to blanking St. Joseph's (Maine), 4-0, on Tuesday night.
• Junior Taylor Conely logged three goals, first-year Holly Rivers found the back of the cage once, and senior Amanda Nusbaum chipped in with three assists for the Pride, who got nine saves from senior goalkeeper Emmalie Drake.
• Conley (13-2-28) has scored four game-winning goals and leads the conferece in goals and points, Nusbaum (4-12-20) leads the NEWMAC in assists, and first-year Kyra Ashe (6-0-12) has produced a pair of multi-goal games.
•  Drake has posted a 1.82 goals against average and a .722 save percentage with one shutout in six starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 5 Babson (6-1) had eight players score as it set the program's single-game scoring record in Monday's 11-0 win over UMass Dartmouth at MacDowell Field.
• Gilman, junior Tori Roche, and first-year Lauren Curley all scored two goals apiece, while Tango, who chipped in with a goal, and Gilman each recorded a pair of assists.
• Roche (10-3-23) is tied for second in the NEWMAC in scoring, Tango (4-9-17) is second in the league in assists, and the duo of Gilman (6-3-15) and junior Carla DiBiase (5-1-11) have combined for three game-winning goals.
• First-year Cassidy Riley has posted a 0.70 goals against average and an .833 save percentage with three shutouts in seven starts this fall.

SENIOR TRIO IS TROUBLE
• Tango, Gilman and fellow senior Lauren Drakeley have combined to produced seven goals and eight assists for 22 points in four games over the last three seasons against Springfield.

SCORELESS STREAK TO BE TESTED
• The Beavers have not allowed a goal in 140 minutes over the last two games. The back-to-back shutouts are the first for the Green and White since blanking MIT on September 16 and Union (5-0) on September 19 of last season.
• Springfield enters the weekend averaging a Division III-best 6.33 goals per game, while Sunday's opponent, top-ranked Middlebury, ranks second nationally in scoring at 6.00 goals per contest.

SUPPORTING SHOT STOPPERS
• Drakeley, sophomore Maddy Paro, and first-year Mackenzie Larson have combined to perform six defensive saves on the year. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 27 of their last 30 games against NEWMAC foes going back to 2015.

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