Beavers Win 26th Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Contest, Finish Conference Play Unbeaten for Third Straight Year
WORCESTER, Mass.— Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) scored two goals and recorded an assist as 12th-ranked Babson College defeated WPI, 4-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field
With its 26th straight conference win, Babson improves to 13-4 overall and goes undefeated in the conference for the third-straight year with an 8-0 record. WPI falls to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC with the loss.
Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) each recorded a goal, junior Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass) chipped in with an assist, and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) logged six saves in the Beavers win.
First-year Angie Ferro (Northboro, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Engineers in the loss, while senior Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, Maine) made five saves.
WPI got on the board quickly as Ferro found the back of the cage just 40 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Tango scored the equalizer with a rocket from the left side in the 19th minute, and Paro recorded the go-ahead goal just before the end first half to give the Beavers a 2-1 advantage.
Tango earned three more points on the afternoon as she had a hand in the Green and white's final two goals. Three minutes into the second half Tango logged her second goal of the game off a penalty corner insert by DiBiase to double Babson's lead to 3-1.
Roche recorded the final goal of the game with just under 12 minutes on the clock when she tipped in a shot by Tango, giving the Beavers a 4-1 victory.
Babson ended the match with an advantage in both shots, 17-9, and penalty corners, 11-4.
The Beavers return to action on Wednesday when they host Skidmore at 5 p.m., while the Engineers host Fitchburg State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-15 all-time against the Engineers and have won eight of the last nine contests between the teams
• With two goals and one assist on Saturday, Tango joined Morgan Lockwood '13 as the only players in school history with three straight 40-point seasons.
• The Green and White have won 58 straight games when scoring at least three goals
• Babson has gone 8-0 in league play in each of the last three seasons and six times during head coach Julie Ryan's 12-year tenure