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Game Preview: No. 6 Field Hockey at Union

Game Preview: No. 6 Field Hockey at Union

THE SERIES
Babson and Union will meet for the sixth time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2012. The Beavers have won four straight meetings and are 4-1 all-time against the Dutchwomen.

LAST MEETING
Victoria Spofford '17 and junior Brielle Schafroth-Bach both scored second-half goals to send then-10th-ranked Babson College past visiting Union, 2-0, on September 17, 2017, at MacDowell Field. Laura Aptowitz made 17 saves for the Dutchwomen, which were outshot 28-2 in the loss. 

LAST UNION WIN
Nicole Merigliano had two goals and the Dutchwomen scored three times in a span of 5:13 late in the second half to erase a two-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 victory over Babson on October 7, 2012, in Babson Park. Morgan Lockwood '14 scored twice for the Beavers, while Julia Pochini '14 and Malone each scored once.

SCOUTING THE DUTCHWOMEN
Union (1-2) is looking to rebound from a 3-1 loss to FDU-Florham on Friday. Sophomore Charlotte Leyland netted a goal off an assist from first-year Laura Wind, while classmate Heather Poisson recorded eight saves on the night. First-year Abigail Torgerson (1-1-3) leads the team in points, while senior Marissa Tarashuk and first-year Katherine Talacci have joined Leyland in the scoring column. Poisson, who is averaging over nine saves per game, has posted a 1.97 goals against average and a .829 save percentage in three starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 6 Babson (6-0) recorded their first NEWMAC win of the year with a 2-0 shutout over visiting MIT in on Saturday. Sophomore Lauren Drakeley posted a goal and an assist, while classmate Tori Roche netted her second consecutive game winning goal as the Beavers outshout the Engineers 22-4. Junior Ashley Tango (3-7-13) leads the team in assists and points, while classmate Catherine Gilman (4-0-8) and Roche (4-0-8) have combined for four game-winning tallies. Sophomore goalie Deirdre Barry has logged a 0.72 goals against average to go along with a .817 save percentage and three shutouts over the first six games.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Tango enters Tuesday's contest ranked fourth in Division III averaging 1.17 assists per game. Barry ranks 11th in goals against average and has moved into second place in program history with 15 career shutouts, which is just one shy of Jen Archambault's '92 school record. 

NEWMAC HONORS SWEEP
Babson swept the conference honors this week as Roche was selected as the offensive player of the week, while classmate Barry was recognized as the league's defensive player of the week.

SWEET SEPTEMBER
Babson is 25-1 in September dating back to the 2015.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers' 16-game road winning streak is currently the longest in Division I, II or III.

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