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Game Preview: No. 9 Field Hockey at Clark

Game Preview: No. 9 Field Hockey at Clark

No. 9 Field Hockey vs. Clark
Wednesday, October 3 | 6:00 p.m.
Granger Field—Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 35th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1985.
• The Beavers are 17-15-2 all-time against the Cougars and have won 14 straight matches going back to 2004.

LAST MEETING
• Elise Towers '18, senior Ashley Tango, and junior Cate Diamond each recorded a goal as then-No. 2 Babson shutout Clark , 3-0 on October 7, 2017.
• The Beavers dominated offensively in both halves with a 38-0 advantage in shots and a 15-0 edge in penalty corners.

LAST CLARK WIN
• Kelly Murphy scored her second goal of the game with 8:58 remaining in regulation and Kaitlin Kelley made 11 saves as the fifth-seeded Cougars edged fourth-seeded Babson, 3-2, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on November 1, 2003.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (6-5, 0-4 NEWMAC) has dropped back-to-back games after suffering a 1-0 loss to WPI on Wednesday.
• Dani Michaud finished with 13 saves in Wednesday's loss for the Cougars, who were outshot 26-4.
• Senior Olivia Barksdale (13-3-29) ranks fifth in the league in points, sophomore Chase Collier (5-5-15) is first on the team in assists, and Cheyanne Zappala (2-2-6) is one of four players on the team with a game-winning goal.
• Michaud has posted a 2.02 goals against average in eight appearances and leads the conference in saves (74) and save percentage (.841).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 9 Babson (9-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) has won two striaght games after routing Wellesley 8-0 on Wednesday.
• Tango, who matched her career high with seven points, and junior Tori Roche both scored three times for the Beavers, who got three second-half assists from senior Lauren Drakeley
• Roche (17-4-38) is third in Division III in goals, Tango (9-12-30) ranks second nationally in assists, and senior Catherine Gilman (7-4-18) is tied for second on the team with a pair of game-winning tallies.
• First-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley boasts a 0.99 goals against average and a .760 save percentage to go along with four shutouts in 12 starts.

MORE MILESTONES FOR TANGO
• With her seven-point perforamance on Wednesday, Tango became just the 17th player in Division III history with at lest 50 goals and 50 assists. One of the players she joined is current Babson assistant coach and former Mount Holyoke standout Kirsten Kilburn, who finished her career with 62 goals and 54 assist.s
• Tango also passed Sarah Fredlund '11 for third place on the program's all-time scoring list.

TAMING THE COUGARS
• The Green and White has posted eight shutouts and allowed just five goals during its 14-game winning streak against Clark.
• Clark has registered just one shot in its last three games against the Beavers.

CONFERENCE RESET
• Babson can become the first team in the NEWMAC to lock up a berth in the league playoffs with a win on Saturday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 24-2 on Saturday going back to 2016.

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