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Game Preview: No. 17 Field Hockey vs. WPI

Game Preview: No. 17 Field Hockey vs. WPI

No. 17 Field Hockey vs. WPI
Saturday, October 26 | 12 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 22-15 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to 1985.
• The Beavers have won seven consecutive meetings in the series while outscoring the Engineers 21-2.
• Babson has lost just once at home to WPI dating back to 1993.

LAST MEETING
• Ashley Tango '19 finished with two goals and one assist as Babson rallied from an early deficit to defeat WPI, 4-1, on October 20, 2018, in Worcester.
• Senior Tori Roche and junior Maddy Paro also scored for the Beavers, who got six saves from sophomore Cassidy Riley.
• Sophomore Angie Ferro scored 40 seconds into the match for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (14-1, 4-1 NEWMAC) bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory over Smith on Tuesday.
• Lindsey Giorgi made an early defensive save and Bridget Sullivan scored with 39 seconds to go in the first quarter for the Engineers.
• Junior Abby O'Sullivan (19-9-47) is first in the conference in scoring, senior Carly Cidado (10-2-22) has scored twice in league play, and Sullivan (8-6-22) has recorded a goal in back-to-back games.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Ali Gannon ranks second in the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.93) and save percentage (.793), and has gone 13-1 with five shutouts in 15 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 17 Babson (14-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to nine with a 2-0 win over Bates on Thursday night.
• Sophomore Lauren Curley scored a pair of second-quarter goals and Riley came up with four second-half saves as the Beavers recorded their second consecutive shutout win.
• Curley (13-1-27) ranks third in the conference in goals, Roche (12-2-26) has scored seven times in eight games this month, and sophomore Millie Brady (6-6-18) is tied for fifth in the league in assists.
• Riley ranks 13th in Division III in save percentage (.838) and 14th in goals against average (0.74), and has recorded six shutouts in 17 starts on the year.

HIGH STAKES
• The Beavers, who clinched a share of their fifth consecutive regular season league title on Tuesday, are looking to become the first program to record four straight unbeaten seasons in NEWMAC play.
• A victory would also give Babson the top seed in next month's conference tournament.
• A win by WPI would put them in position to capture a share of its first regular season crown since 1994 when the NEWMAC was the NEW 8 Conference. The Engineers would also be two more victories away from earning the top seed in the conference playoffs.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Babson has won its last 33 NEWMAC regular season games, a streak that dates back to October 2015.
• With her fourth-quarter tally on Tuesday against Wheaton, Roche has scored in 17 straight NEWMAC regular season games dating back to 2017.
• The Green and White has won 15 consecutive games in the month of October.

SENIOR SALUTE
• Roche and fellow seniors Cate Diamond, Carla DiBiase, Kate Driscoll and Haley Pesce will play their final regular season home game on Saturday.
• The group has helped the program to one of the most-successful four-year runs in program history, a stretch which includes 67 wins, one NEWMAC Tournament championship, two NCAA Tournament berths and a Division III Final Four appearance in 2016.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won 12 straight October home games at MacDowell Field.

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