Beavers Extend NEWMAC Regular Season Winning Streak to 27 Games
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) both scored late in the first quarter to help 19th-ranked Babson College build a two-goal lead on the way to a 4-1 victory over visiting MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Babson improves to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, while MIT slips to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with five saves in the win.
First-year Paige Forester (Glencoe, Ill.) scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season for the Engineers, who got five saves from junior Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.).
Riley made an early stop on Forester after she got free in the circle and Curley notched her fourth goal of the season in the 11th minute to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead. After carrying the ball into the midfield she broke into the circle and ripped a shot inside the left post.
Driscoll beat the first-quarter buzzer with her first goal of the season, cleaning up the rebound of a Curley shot that was saved by Moore to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage. Forester cut Babson's lead in half just 3:31 into the second though, as she fired home a feed from senior Taylor Grey (Horsham, Pa.) following a penalty corner.
Roche missed a chance to extend the hosts lead back to two when her shot off a centering feed from Curley hit the post just 1:06 before halftime. Riley made a sliding save on Forester's breakaway attempt 7:05 into the third quarter, and Roche extended the Beavers' lead back to 3-1 but tucking a loose ball in the crease inside the left post with 4:12 to play in the fourth.
Roche capped the scoring with 48 seconds to go redirecting a blast by Brady through traffic in front and past Moore for her team-leading fifth tally of the fall.
The Green and White finished with a 16-8 edge in shots, while the Engineers held a slim 6-4 advantage in corners.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to third-ranked Tufts at 5 p.m., while MIT hosts Amherst at 6:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 29-17 all-time against MIT and have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the teams going back to 2014.
• Babson extended its regular season NEWMAC winning streak to 27 games Saturday's victory.
• The Beavers are 5-1 this season when ahead or tied entering the fourth quarter.
• With two markers on Saturday, Roche is now just the ninth player in Babson history to surpass 40 goals for her career. She also has scored five times over the last five games against MIT.