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No. 5 Field Hockey Handles Connecticut College, 4-1

No. 5 Field Hockey Handles Connecticut College, 4-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Fifth-ranked Babson College got goals from four different players and three assists from junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) on its way to a 4-1 win over visiting Connecticut College in non-conference field hockey action on Thursday night at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Babson improves to 3-0 on the year, while Connecticut College drops to 0-1.

Senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.), junior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomores Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) and Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) all scored for the Beavers. Senior Elena Bartholomew (Westwood, Mass.) also recorded her second assist of the season in the victory.

The Camels opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the contest when first-year Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) took a feed from junior Jamie Navoni (Northboro, Mass.) in the middle of the circle and snuck her first collegiate shot inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage. The Green and White pulled even at the 16:08 mark though, as Driscoll tipped in a blast from Tango at the back post following a penalty corner.

The Beavers went in front less than four minutes later when Merrigan redirected a centering feed from Tango. Roche then added to the lead with her first collegiate goal at 22:59 when she got her stick on a long pass from Tango and pushed it past Connecticut College first-year goalkeeper Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) for a 3-1 advantage.

Babson capped the scoring just 2:10 into the second half when Gilman redirected a pass from Bartholomew through traffic in the circle for her second goal of the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) stopped two shots for the Beavers, while McGraw finished with nine saves for the Camels.

The Green and White held a 22-10 edge in shots and 17-3 advantage in corners.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it visits Wesleyan at 12 p.m., while Connecticut College travels to nationally-ranked Middlebury on Sunday for a 4 p.m. start.

• The Beavers have won three straight against Connecticut College and now own a 6-5 edge in the all-time series.
• In three career games against the Camels, Tango has four goals and four assists.
• Babson, which had posted eight straight shutouts at home going back to last October, has won nine in a row at MacDowell Field.
• The Beavers have won 33 straight games when leading at halftime.