GILBERT, Ariz.—Babson College seniors Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) made history on Wednesday when they received Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America honors for the third year in a row on Wednesday morning.
Tango was named to the All-America first team for the third consecutive season, while Drakeley garnered second-team recognition for the second year in a row after earning first-team accolades in 2015.
One of the most prolific scorers in Babson history, Tango produced 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 points in 19 games this past fall. She finished the season ranked 11th in Division III in assists and 29th in points, and is one of just three players in program history to surpass the 40-point mark in three straight campaigns.
A four-time all-region and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) selection, Tango became one of just 17 players in Division III history to record more than 50 career goals and 50 assists. She ranks first in Babson history and 18th in Division III history with 52 assists, is fourth on the Beavers' all-time list in goals (56) and ranks third in program annals with 164 career points.
In addition to her All-America, all-region and all-league accolades, Tango was twice tabbed as the Longstreth/NFHCA New England East Player of the Year and also collected a pair of conference player of the year awards.
A three-time NFHCA All-New England East and four-time All-NEWMAC selection, Drakeley anchored one of the nation's top defensive units this past fall. She produced three goals and six assists for 12 points and recorded a career-high three defensive saves for the Beavers in 19 games.
Drakeley, who was selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season back in November, started all 85 games during her four-year career and helped the Green and White register 38 shutouts. She also produced 14 goals, is tied for seventh in school history in assists (28) and recorded 56 assists from 2015-18.
Tango, Drakeley and fellow seniors Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and Brielle Schafroth-Bach (Rye, N.H.) leave Babson as the most successful senior class in program history. The quartet won a school record 70 games, advanced to the NCAA Tournament national semifinals in 2016 and captured four consecutive regular season league titles.