Beavers Drop Season Opener for First Time Since 2007
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Kristen McCarthy (Danvers, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist to help visiting Endicott College defeat 14th-ranked Babson College, 3-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Friday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) had a goal and junior Cate McShane (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in with her first career assist for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made a career-high 11 saves in a losing effort.
Sophomores Addi Williams (Pittsfield, Maine) and Sydney Poulin (Watertown, Mass.) each had a goal for the Gulls. Junior Jaylen Grabau (Lynnfield, Mass.) recorded one assist and classmate Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) turned away three shots to earn the victory.
Roche gave Babson (0-1) the lead with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter when she took a centering pass from McShane and touched it past Farrin before blasting her shot into the open net from the middle of the circle. Endicott (1-0) pulled even just over three minutes later though, as Williams put away the rebound of Grabau's shot from the top of the arc.
Riley was superb in the middle quarters making eight saves to keep the game deadlocked entering the final frame. Williams unable to put away a feed from Poulin on a 2-on-1 with 9:34 to play, but McCarthy atoned for the mistake with the go-ahead goal a minute later.
Poulin tacked on an insurance goal with a blast from the right side of the circle following a penalty corner with 1:48 remaining for the final margin.
Endicott outshot the Beavers 29-10 and finished with a 9-4 edge in penalty corners.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Connecticut College at 6 p.m., while the Gulls are off until September 7 when they travel to Rensselaer.
• The Beavers are now 9-4 all-time against Endicott.
• Prior to Friday's loss, Babson had won 11 straight season openers going back to 2008.
• With her first quarter goal Roche has now scored 37 times in her last 42 games. She also took over 10th place on the career scoring list with 83 points.