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Roche, Tango Record Hat Tricks as No. 9 Field Hockey Tops Wellesley, 8-0

Roche, Tango Record Hat Tricks as No. 9 Field Hockey Tops Wellesley, 8-0

Tango Matches Career High with Seven Points, Moves into Third Place on Program's All-Time Points List

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored three goals apiece to help ninth-ranked Babson College defeat visiting Wellesley College, 8-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.

With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.

Tango matched her career high with seven points and Roche recorded her third career hat trick for the Beavers, who got a season-high three assists from senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.). First-year Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) finished with a goal and an assist, classmate Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored once and fellow rookie Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made one save to record her fourth career shutout.

Sophomore Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Pa.) made three first-half saves, while senior Maggie Connelly (Duxbury, Mass.) stopped four shots in the second half for the Blue.

Roche scored twice in a span of just over four minutes to give the Green and White a 2-0 advantage less than 15 minutes into the contest. She backed down a defender before flipping a shot past Collins in the 11th minute and finished off a pass from Brady for her second tally at the 14:46 mark.

Brady notched her first career marker in the 28th minute when her shot from the right wing deflected off a defender in front. Tango pushed the lead to 4-0 with her seventh goal of the year with less than four minutes to go in the first half, and Roche completed her hat trick 75 seconds before the break when she scored off a centering pass from Tango to extend the margin to five.

Connelly made a pair of terrific saves early in the second half before Babson erupted for three goals off of penalty corners over the final 12 minutes. Tango scored two in a row from nearly the exact same spot on the right side of the circle with a pair of hard blasts, and Drakeley found Curley for an easy finish at the near post in the 68th minute for the final margin.

The Beavers outshot the Blue 25-2 and attempted nine of the game's 11 corners.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Clark, while Wellesley visits Mount Holyoke.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers, which have won four straight in the series, are 16-28-2 all-time against Wellesley.
• With seven points on Wednesday, Tango is now third on the program's all-time list in scoring with 50 goals and 50 assists for 150 points.
• Babson has outscored its opponents 91-10 during its current 22-game NEWMAC regular season winning streak.
• Roche and Tango have combined for 17 goals and eight assists over the last seven games.

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