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No. 5 Field Hockey Rolls Past Worcester State in Season Opener, 7-0

No. 5 Field Hockey Rolls Past Worcester State in Season Opener, 7-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) both scored twice to lift fifth-ranked Babson College to a 7-0 win over Worcester State University in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) added a goal and an assist, while classmates Brielle Schafroth-Bach (Rye, N.H.) and Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) contributed two assists, and senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.), classmate Elena Bartholomew (Westwood, Mass.), and first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) all chipped in with one apiece.

Babson (1-0) opened the scoring just under 10 minutes in when Merrigan intercepted a clearing pass just outside the arc and beat a defender before pushing a shot past Lancers' senior goalkeeper Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass.) for a 1-0 lead. Tango doubled the advantage at the 21:50 mark when she converted a feed from Towers, and Merrigan notched her second tally of the half less than four minutes later to make it 3-0.

The Green and White dominated the second half and scored four times in less than 15 minutes to put the game out of reach. DiBiase recorded the first goal of her career off a feed from Roche in the 45th minute, and Gilman tallied her first marker of the year to extended the lead to 5-0 at the 51:47 mark.

DiBiase scored off another pass from Roche in the 55th minute and Schafroth-Bach capped the scoring in the 60th minute for the final margin.

Sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) made two stops to record her 13th shutout in just 24 career starts for the Beavers. Salemme turned away 12 shots for the Lancers (0-1), who were outshot 32-2 on the day.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it visits 11th-ranked Skidmore at 2 p.m., while Worcester State hosts Westfield State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

• Babson is now 4-0 all-time against Worcester State and has outscored the Lancers 27-1.
• The Beavers have now won eight straight games at MacDowell Field going back to last year.
• Merrigan owns three two-goal games in her career, two of which have come against the Lancers.
• With Friday's win, the Beavers improve to 20-1 in the month of September dating back to 2014.