GILBERT, Ariz.—For the first time since 2010 and just the second time in program history, the Babson College field hockey program had six players honored when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its all-region selections on Wednesday morning.
Senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.), classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) were all named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-New England East first team, while senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.), sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and first-year Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) all collected second-team recognition.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, Tango garnered all-region first-team honors for the third year in a row after producing 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 points this past fall. She ranked 11th in Division III in assists and 29th in points, and is one of just three players in school history to surpass 40 points in a season three years in a row.
One of just two players in Babson history to earn four straight all-region honors, Tango ranks first on the school's all-time list in assists (52), is fourth in goals (56) and third all-time with 164 points. She also is one of just 17 players in Division III history to record more than 50 goals and 50 assists.
The three-time NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Drakeley garnered her NFHCA All-New England East first-team accolades for the third year in a row after anchoring one of the nation's top defenses. She started all 19 contests and finished with three goals and six assists for 12 points in addition to contributing a career-high three defensive saves.
A starter at center back in all 85 games over the last four seasons, Drakeley is tied for seventh in school history with 28 assists to go along with 14 goals for 56 points. She also helped the Beavers recorded 38 shutouts during her career.
Roche earned all-region first-team laurels for the second consecutive fall after producing career-high totals in goals (22), assists (5) and points (49). She ranked 11th in Division III in goals per game (1.16) and 15th in points per game (2.63), and her 22 goals are good for the fifth most in program history.
Paro was named to the NFHCA All-New England East second team for the second consecutive fall, while both Gilman and Riley earned the first all-region honors of their respective careers. Gilman finished with career-highs of 11 goals and four assists for 26 points, while Paro produced three goals and six assists for 12 points after moving from the midfield to outside back.
Riley started all 19 matches in goal for the Beavers and ranked 21st in Division III with a 1.00 goals against average. She posted a .765 save percentage and six shutouts, which led all conference goalkeepers.
Babson, which was ranked 14th in the final NFHCA poll, went unbeaten in league play for the third year in a row, captured its fourth consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and wrapped up the season at 15-4 overall.