KEENE, N.H.—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) recorded her first career hat trick as 16th-ranked Babson College defeated Keene State College, 6-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
With its 12th consecutive victory, Babson closes out the regular season at 17-3 overall, while Keene State slips to 13-7 on the year.
Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored twice and first-year Isabelle Fournier (West Kingston, R.I.) picked up her first collegiate goal for the Beavers. Junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) both registered an assist, while fellow sophomore Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three saves in the win.
Junior Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) scored for the Owls, who got six five from senior Jordan LaRaus (Bedford Hills, N.Y.).
Curley finished off a corner she started, burying a feed from Brady to give the Green and White a 1-0 advantage 9:26 into the opening period. She scored her second goal of the contest at the 13:55 mark of the first and then completed her hat trick by putting away a pass from Paro with 3:49 remaining before halftime to stretch the Babson led to 3-0.
Roche scored the first two of her two goals following a corner just over five minutes into the third quarter. Bruno broke up Riley's shutout bid with her 19th tally of the year just 1:29 into the fourth. Roche followed with her 17th goal of the season three and a half minutes later and Fournier scored with 1:24 to go for the final margin.
The Beavers outshot Keene State 16-8 and finished with a 7-3 edge in penalty corners.
Babson will return to action on Thursday when it hosts NEWMAC Tournament semifinal at MacDowell Field. The time of the game will be announced on Monday.
• Saturday's match was the first between the Beavers and Keene State since 2002, and the all-time series is now tied 1-1.
• Babson's 17 regular season wins are tied for the most in program history along with the 2003 and 2015 squads.
• The Beavers' 12-game winning streak is one shy of the single-season record set back in 2015.
• With 53 career goals, Roche joins Caroline Malone '15 in fifth place on the Beavers' all-time list.
• Curley has now scored 10 times during her six-game scoring streak.