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No. 5 Field Hockey Holds Off No. 11 Skidmore, 1-0, in Early-Season Showdown

No. 5 Field Hockey Holds Off No. 11 Skidmore, 1-0, in Early-Season Showdown

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) scored just over 10 minutes into the second half to lift fifth-ranked Babson College to a 1-0 victory over 11th-ranked Skidmore College in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Wagner Park.

Babson, which extended the nation's longest road winning streak to 14 games, is now 2-0 on the year, while Skidmore falls to 1-1.

Sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) stopped three shots to post her second consecutive shutout for the Beavers. Senior Jessica Kelley (Lincoln, R.I.) also recorded the fourth defensive save of her career in the victory.

Senior goalkeeper Zoe McGuire (Delmar, N.Y.) stopped eight shots over the final 25 minutes in relief of junior Elizabeth Coughlin (Kennebunk, Maine), who allowed one goal and made one save for the Thoroughbreds.

Skidmore had one of its best scoring chances of the game following a penalty corner less than five minutes into the contest. Barry denied an attempt by sophomore Mary Beth Zahnleuter (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Kelley kept the rebound off the stick of classmate Miranda Davenport (Kingston, N.Y.) out of the cage to keep the game scoreless.

The Green and White, which was outshot 5-4 over the opening 35 minutes, finally got on the board in the 46th minute when Merrigan notched her third marker of the year following a scramble in front of the goal. Despite being stymied by McGuire, Babson dominated play after going ahead and preserved the win with a superb defensive effort that saw the Thoroughbreds go without a shot over the final 27 minutes of the game.

The Beavers finished with a 19-8 edge in shots, while Skidmore held a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Connecticut College at 6 p.m., while Skidmore visits Geneseo next Saturday at 12 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 3-10 all-time against Skidmore after recording a shutout victory for the second year in a row.
• Babson is now 6-2 against nationally-ranked opponents going back to the start of the 2015 season.
• The Green and White has now won 39 of its last 40 games when scoring first.
• The Beavers have won five consecutive one-goal games dating back to last October.