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Game Preview: No. 13 Field Hockey vs. Skidmore

Game Preview: No. 13 Field Hockey vs. Skidmore

No. 13 Field Hockey vs. Skidmore
Wednesday, October 24 | 5 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 14th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to 2004.
• The Beavers are 3-10 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and are looking for their third consecutive win in a series.

LAST MEETING
• Jack Merrigan'18 scored just over 10 minutes into the second half to lift then fifth-ranked Babson College to a 1-0 victory over then-11th-ranked Skidmore on September 2, 2017.

LAST SKIDMORE WIN
• Kelly Blackhurst scored 7:38 into overtime to lift Skidmore over Babson, 3-2, on September 15, 2013, in Dedham, Mass. Julia Pochini '14 and senior Caroline Malone '15 each scored each scored for the Beavers, who led 2-1 at halftime.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
• Skidmore (7-9) has won back-to-back games after shutting out Ithaca, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon.
• Senior Gabby Hyman scored the lone goal of the match, first-year Gabrielle Vaccaro chipped in with an assist, and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Coughlin made six saves to record her second shutout of the season.
• Hyman (15-3-33) has a goal in three straight games, first-year Mariah Redler (6-2-14) has knocked in two game-winning markers, and senior Marissa Folts (3-7-13) has recorded four defensive saves
• Coughlin has posted a 1.92 goals against average and a .772 save percentage in 17 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 13 Babson (14-3) earned its seventh straight win after defeating WPI for a 4-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.
• Senior Ashley Tango recorded two goals and an assist, junior Tori Roche and sophomore Maddy Paro each logged a goal, junior Carla DiBiase chipped in with an assist, and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley registered six saves in the win for the Beavers.
• Roche (21-5-47) is tied for fifth in Division III in points per game, Tango (13-13-39) is tied for third in the country in assists, and senior Catherine Gilman (15-14-44) has posted four game-winning goals.
• Senior Lauren Drakeley (3-5-11) leads the team with three defensive saves and Riley boasts a 1.00 goals against average and a .767 save percentage to go along with five shutouts in 17 starts.

40/40 CLUB
• With a five-point outing on Saturday at WPI, Tango surpassed the 40-point mark for the third consecutive year. She joins Morgan Lockwood '14 as the only other player in school history to achieve this feat.
• Roche (47 points) and Tango (44) give the Beavers two players with 40 or more points in the same season for just the sixth time in program history. This also occurred in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016.

HIGH-POWERED OFFENSE
• The Beavers are ranked third in Division III in goals (80) and fourth in points per game (12.71), scoring margin (3.66) and assists (48).
• The team's scoring average (4.71) is currently the best in shcool history by just under a full goal, and Babson's 80 tallies this year are already the third most in single-season program history. The 2005 squad holds the record with 91 goals.

HOME FIELD HEROES
• Babson, which has a 34-8 recored at MacDowell Field going back to the start of 2015, will close out the regular season with two home matches before hosting a NEWMAC tournament semifinal next Thursday.
• The Green and White has outscored nine opponents 45-8 at home this fall.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 6-0 this month and 27-5 in the month of October going back to 2015.

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