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Game Preview: No. 5 Field Hockey at No. 1 Middlebury

Game Preview: No. 5 Field Hockey at No. 1 Middlebury

No. 5 Field Hockey at No. 1 Middlebury
Sunday, September 23 | 1:00 p.m.
Kohn Field | Middlebury, Vt.

• Babson and Middlebury will meet for the sixth time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1996.
• The Beavers are 1-5 all-time against the Panthers after picking up their first win in the series last year.

• Senior Ashley Tango scored the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute as then second-ranked Babson defeated then-seventh-ranked Middlebury , 2-1, on September 24, 2017, at MacDowell Field.
• Junior Kate Driscoll recorded a goal for the Beavers, while senior Lauren Drakeley and sophomore Maddy Paro chipped in with assists. Senior Grace Jennings scored less than four minutes into the game for the Panthers.

• Middlebury scored three first half goals in a 5:19 span on its way to a 6-1 win over Babson on October, 9 2011, in Middlebury, Vt. Kelly Walsh '13 scored the opening goal of the game, while Jess Pashos '12 and Kayla Florence '14 both made eight saves for the Beavers.

• No. 1 Middlebury (6-0) scored twice in each half to defeat No. 8 Bowdoin, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games. 
• Jennings scored a pair of goals, while sophomores Danielle Brown and Erin Nicholas each chipped in with a goal apiece for the Panthers.
• Jennings (7-2-16) has scored in five out of six games, while senior Molly Freeman (5-1-11) and Brown (5-0-10) have combined to score 10 goals for Division III's top-ranked scoring offense. 
• Senior goalkeeper Megan Collins has posted a 1.10 goals against average and a .625 save percentage with two shutouts in six starts this fall. 

• No. 5 Babson (7-1) defeated Springfield College, 6-1, on Friday night as first-year Quinn Greer scored twice and finished with a career-high five points.
• Junior Tori Roche had a goal and an assist, while Drakeley, senior Catherine Gilman and junior Carla DiBiase all scored once for the Beavers, who led 3-0 at halftime
• Roche (11-4-26), Gilman (7-3-17), and DiBiase (6-1-13) have each recorded two game-winning goals, while Tango (4-10-18) has recorded an assist in four of the last five games.
• First-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley has posted a 0.74 goals against average and an .806 save percentage with three shutouts in eight starts this fall.

• The Beavers, who will face the No. 1 team in the country for just the second time in the last 10 years on Sunday, are the last program to knock off Middlebury nearly a full calendar year ago. Following last year's loss to Babson, the Panthers rattled off 16 straight wins on its way to capturing the Division III national title.

• The Green and White is 9-6 going back to 2015 against nationally-ranked opponents, which includes a win over MIT last Saturday, and victories over Skidmore, Tufts and Middlebury last September.

• Since suffering its only loss of the year against Tufts back on September 11, Babson has won three straight games while outscoring its foes 20-1.
• Roche and Gilman have combined for nine goals and three assists during the team's three-game winning streak.

• The Green and White is 30-5 on the road going back to 2015, while Middlebury has won 14 straight games at home and is 33-2 at Kohn Field over the last four years.

• Four of the previous six games between the Beavers and Panthers have been decided by a single goal.