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Game Preview: No. 11 Field Hockey vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: No. 11 Field Hockey vs. Wheaton

No. 11 Field Hockey vs. Wheaton
Tuesday, October 16 | 7 p.m.
Diane C. Nordin Field | Norton, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 36th time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 1986.
• The Beavers are 22-12-1 all-time against the Lyons and have won eight of the last nine matches between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Tori Roche recorded her first career hat trick and Elise Towers '18 surpassed 100 career points as third-ranked Babson College rolled past visiting Wheaton, 8-1 on October 17, 2017.

LAST WHEATON WIN
• Sarah McNicholas scored 4:11 into overtime to lift the Lyons to a 1-0 victory over the Beavers on October 21, 2014, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (5-7, 1-4 NEWMAC) has lost four straight games after falling to Mount Holyoke 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
• Sophomore Hannah Arkin logged the team's lone goal, while junior Morgan Kames and sophomore Greta Reilly combined to make 12 saves in the loss.
• Senior Michelle Connolly (11-2-24) leads the team with two game-winning goals, junior Liz Helmreich (8-1-17) has a pair of multi-goal games, and Arkin (7-2-16) has scored three times in league play. 
• Kames and Reilly have combined to post a 3.17 goals against average and a .725 save percentage over 12 games this fall.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 11 Babson (12-3, 6-0 NEWMAC) earned its fifth straight win after shutting out Smith, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.
• Senior Ashley Tango and junior Cate Diamond each finished with a goal and an assist while Roche chipped in with a goal for the Beavers, who scored twice over the final five minutes to put the game away.
• Roche (19-5-43) is ninth in Division III in points per game, Tango (13-13-39) is tied for third in the country in assists, and senior Catherine Gilman (10-4-24) has posted four game-winning goals.
• Senior Lauren Drakeley (3-6-12) leads the team with three defensive saves and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley boasts a 0.93 goals against average and a .763 save percentage to go along with five shutouts in 15 starts.

FOUR IN A ROW WITHIN THEIR SIGHTS
• The Beavers enter the week as the only undefeated team in the conference and can clinch at least a share of their fourth straight regular season title with a win on Tuesday.
• The Green and White would join Springfield, which claimed four straight regular season titles from 2003-06, as the only NEWMAC programs since 1998 to achieve this feat.

GOALS KEEP COMING
• The Beavers are ranked third in Division III in goals per game (4.73), third in scoring margin (3.74), fourth in points per game (12.40) and fifth in assists per game (2.93).
• The team's scoring average is currently the best in program history by nearly a goal, and the Green and White is currently on pace to break the 2005 squad's record of 91 goals in a season.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Tango has produced at least one point in 11 consecutive NEWMAC regular season games going back to last October, while Roche has registered a point in eight straight league matches.
• The duo has combined for 16 goals and seven assists in conference play this fall.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have allowed one goal or less in 34 of its last 35 games against NEWMAC foes dating back to 2015.

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