Field Hockey

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No. 18 Field Hockey Stymies Springfield, 4-0

No. 18 Field Hockey Stymies Springfield, 4-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) converted a first-quarter penalty stroke and 18th-ranked Babson College scored three times over the final 20 minutes to defeat Springfield College, 4-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Babson, which has won its last 28 conference regular season games, improves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. Springfield, which has dropped two straight matches, slips to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) and first-year Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario) each scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) also chipped in with an assist and classmate Cassidy Riley (Catonsvile, Md.) recorded four saves to post her third shutout of the season.

Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) stopped 11 shots in three quarters of action before giving way to sophomore Gwen Smith (Westfield, Mass.), who made two saves over the final 15 minutes for the Pride.

The Green and White dominated the late stages of the opening frame and were awarded a penalty stroke when Morehouse laid on top of the ball after making a diving save on Paro at the right post. Paro stepped up and converted the stroke to make it 1-0 with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

Morehouse kept Springfield in the game with eight second-quarter saves, and the Pride had a pair of third-quarter scoring chance snuffed out by Riley before Roche extended the Beavers' lead to 2-0 with her fifth tally of the year in the 41st minute. Curley notched her fifth marker of the season, converting a feed from Brady from the center of the arc in the 43rd minute, and McGrath added her first collegiate goal with 7:00 to go in the fourth.

The Beavers finished the afternoon with a 23-8 edge in shots and an 11-6 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to nationally-ranked Bates, while Springfield visits Mount Holyoke.

• The Beavers are XXX and have won 10 straight games against Springfield dating back to 2012.
• Babson has won 16 straight road games against NEMWAC foes going back to 2015.
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season and 72-3 going back to September 21, 2013, when leading at halftime.
• With two more goals on Saturday, Babson has now outscored its opponents 5-1 in the third quarter of nine games this fall.