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Roche Reaches 100 Career Points as No. 19 Field Hockey Downs Wellesley for Fourth Straight Win, 5-1

Roche Reaches 100 Career Points as No. 19 Field Hockey Downs Wellesley for Fourth Straight Win, 5-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored twice to reach the 100-point mark for her career as 19th-ranked Babson College rolled to a 5-1 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Butler Stadium.

With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomores Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.), Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) and Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) each added a goal for the Beavers. Greer, senior Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.), junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and first-year Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario) all collected an assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) stopped one shot in the victory.

Sophomore Maddie Bettencourt (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored for the Blue, which got a career-high 12 saves from junior goalkeeper Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Brady scored the first Babson goal, finishing down low on an assist from Paro following the insertion from Curley 5:49 into the second quarter. Greer made it 2-0 less than three minutes later, redirecting a blast from the top of the circle off the stick of McGrath for her third goal in as many games.

Roche notched the first of her two goals 23 seconds into the third quarter extending the Beavers lead to 3-0, but the Blue answered back with 4:53 to go in the frame as Bettencourt put away a rebound to make it a two-goal game. Roche struck again 1:40 into the fourth off a redirect from Diamond, and Curley scored her sixth goal of the season with just over five minutes remaining for the final margin.

The Green and White finished with a 20-3 edge in shots and held a 12-4 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Clark, while Wellesley takes on Mount Holyoke.

• The Beavers are 17-28-1 all-time against Wellesley but have dominated the series as of late with five straight wins and victories in nine of the last 13 contests between the programs.
• Roche is just the 10th player in Babson history to reach the 100-point mark for her career. She is currently tied for seventh in school history with 45 goals and is tied for ninth all-time in points.
• Roche has also scored in 14 consecutive NEWMAC regular season matches going back to 2017.
• The Beavers have now won 17 straight conference road games and 30 consecutive matches against NEWMAC foes in the regular season.