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No. 18 Field Hockey Holds Off Skidmore for Fourth Straight Win, 2-1

No. 18 Field Hockey Holds Off Skidmore for Fourth Straight Win, 2-1

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) matched her career high with two goals as 18th-ranked Babson College defeated Skidmore College, 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Friday afternoon at Wagner Park.

Winners of four straight games, Babson improves to 4-1 overall, while Skidmore slips to 1-3 on the year.

Sophomore Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) recorded an assist and classmate Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with three saves for the Beavers, who won their fourth consecutive one-goal decision.

Sophomore Gabrielle Vaccaro (Andover, Mass.) had a goal and first-year Carrie Hughes (Kansas City, Mo.) added an assist for the Thoroughbreds, who got nine saves from sophomore Jess Gaetgens (Berlin, Conn.).

The Green and White dominated the first quarter and took the lead on Curley's sweeping backhand shot inside the right post with 47 seconds to go in the frame. Riley made a pair of stops during a Thoroughbreds' flurry early in the second that included junior Sarah Winters (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) hitting the post following a penalty corner.

Curley extended the Beavers' lead just six minutes into the third quarter when she converted a feed from Greer for a her third goal of the season to make it 2-0. Skidmore cut is deficit in half 2:10 into the fourth when Vaccaro redirected Hughes' shot from the top of the circle inside the far post following a corner.

The Thoroughbreds earned their final corner of the match with 9:49 to play, but the Babson defense blocked a pair of shots and dominated possession over the final minutes to close out the victory.

The Beavers outshot their hosts 22-8 and finished with a 7-4 edge in corners.

Both teams return to action on Sunday as Babson hosts No. 1 Middlebury at 12 p.m., while Skidmore takes on Castleton at 2 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 5-10 all-time against Skidmore and have won four straight matches in the series going back to 2016.
• Prior to the current run, Babson had not had four straight games decided by a single goal since 2003.
• Although the Beavers have never before won four straight one-goal games in the same season, they did win the final three contests of the 1994 campaign and their 1995 season opener by a single tally.
• Babson has won six consecutive road games going back to last fall and is 27-4 away from home since the start of the 2016 campaign.