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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.

THE SERIES
• 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.

LAST MEETING
• 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.

LAST MIDDLEBURY WIN
• 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.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• 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. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• 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.

REMEMBER WHEN
• 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.

STARING DOWN RANKED FOES
• 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.

FINDING THE FINISHING TOUCH
• 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.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE
• 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.

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

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