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Game Preview: No. 12 Field Hockey at WPI

Game Preview: No. 12 Field Hockey at WPI

No. 12 Field Hockey vs. WPI
Saturday, October 20 | 1 p.m.
Alumni Field | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 36th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1985.
• The Beavers are 21-15 all-time against the Engineers and have won seven of the last eight contests between the teams going back to 2010.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Tori Roche scored twice in the second half as then third-ranked Babson College defeated WPI, 3-1, on October 21, 2017. Junior Suzy Opalka scored late for the Engineers, who 10 saves from senior Karen Mushrall.

LAST WPI WIN
• Mary-Lee Barboza scored the go-ahead goal with 10:39 left in regulation as the Engineers slipped past Babson, 3-2, on October 1, 2011, in Worcester. Sasha Marokhovsky finished with two goals for WPI, while Caroline Malone '15 scored once in each half for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (10-3, 4-2 NEWMAC) had a three-game win streak come to an end after falling to Smith, 2-1, in OT on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Julia Vanderstreet registered the team's lone goal, while Mushrall recorded two saves in the loss.
• Sophomore Abby O'Sullivan (17-8-42) ranks fifth in the country in points per game (3.23), Bridget Sullivan (7-4-18) has logged two game-winning goals, and Angie Ferro (5-4-13) has recorded points in two of the last three games.
• Mushrall owns a 1.34 goals against average and a .702 save percentage to go along with three shutouts in 13 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 12 Babson (13-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) clinched its fourth straight NEWMAC regular season title after defeating Wheaton, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon.
• Roche, senior Catherine Gilman and first-years Quinn Greer, Millie Brady and Lauren Curley each registered a goal for the Beavers, first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley recorded five saves in the win.
• Roche (20-5-45) is tied for fourth in Division III in points, Tango (13-13-39) is tied for third in the country in assists, and Gilman (11-4-26) has posted four game-winning goals.
• Senior Lauren Drakeley (3-6-12) and sophomore Maddy Paro (2-5-9) have combined to make five defensive saves, while Riley boasts a 0.99 goals against average and a .758 save percentage to go along with five shutouts in 16 starts.

FOUR IN A ROW
• 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.

GOALS KEEP COMING
• The Beavers are ranked fourth in both points per game (12.38) and in assists per game (2.88), and fifth in both Division III in goals per game (4.75) and scoring margin (3.70),
• 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
• The Green and White has won 25 regular season games against NEWMAC foes and is looking to go unbeaten in league play for the third straight year and sixth time in 12 seasons under head coach Julie Ryan with a win on Saturday.
• 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.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 6-1 this season and 33-6 going back to the start of 2015 in road games, which includes 13 straight conference wins.

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