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No. 12 Field Hockey Clinches Fourth Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 5-2 Win at Wheaton

No. 12 Field Hockey Clinches Fourth Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 5-2 Win at Wheaton

NORTON, Mass.—Five different players found the back of the cage as 12th-ranked Babson College rolled past Wheaton College, 5-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday night at Nordin Field.

With its 25th straight regular season conference win, Babson improves to 13-3 overall and 7-0 in league play while clinching its fourth consecutive NEWMAC regular season crown. The Beavers also will be the top seed in the upcoming league tournament. Wheaton falls to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the NEWMAC with the loss.

Senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.), junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), and first-years Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.), Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) and Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) each logged a goal for the Beavers. Curley and sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) each contributed an assist, while first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made five saves in the win.

Sophomore Hannah LeClair (Wilton, Maine) and first-year Natalie Greene (Winslow, Maine) each recorded a goal for the Lyons, while sophomore Melissa Jernakoff (Wilmington, Del.) recorded the lone defensive save of the match. Junior goalkeeper Morgan Karnes (Durham, Maine) logged four saves over the first 47 minutes before sophomore Greta Reilly (Manchester, N.H.), who made two saves, finished the match.

Roche put the Green and White on the board two minutes into the contest when she dumped the ball into the right corner for her team-leading 20th goal. Following a scramble in front of the goal, Greer found the ball and pushed it past Jernakoff and it into the cage to double the Beavers' lead at the 28:28 mark. Babson ended the first half with an 8-1 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corners. 

The Green and white recorded three straight second-half goals before the Lyons were able to get on the board. Brady tipped the ball in from the left to increase Babson's lead to 3-0 just over two minutes into the second half, and Gilman fired a shot past Jernakoff off a pass from Curley in the 42nd minute. Less than six minutes later, Curley recorded a goal of her own off a feed from Paro to make it 5-0. 

Wheaton scored twice over the final 13 minutes of the second half for the final margin. 

Babson ended the match with an advantage in both shots, 20-8, and penalty corners 12-3.

Both teams return to action on Saturday, as the Beavers head to Clark WPI for a 1 p.m. match, while the Lyons hit the road for 12 p.m. contest at Wellesley.

• The Beavers are 23-12-1 all-time against Wheaton and have won 10 of the last 11 matches between the teams.
• The Green and White joins Springfield, which claimed four straight regular season titles from 2003-06, as the only NEWMAC programs since 1998 to achieve this feat.
• Roche has produced at least one point in nine straight league matches and is just the seventh Babson player and first since 2012 to score 20 goals in a season.
• Babson has conceded more than one goal just two times over its last 36 games. The other prior to Tuesday night came in a 7-3 victory over Springfield in last season's NEWMAC Touranment semfinals.