Tango Becomes Eighth Player in Program History to Reach 100 Points as Beavers Post 12th Straight NEWMAC Win
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) finished with two goals to reach 100 career points and five different players netted a goal to help second-ranked Babson College pull away from Springfield College, 6-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
Babson, which extended the nation's longest road winning streak to 18 games, is now 8-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Springfield falls to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Seniors Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.) and Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.), junior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers. Junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) contributed two assists, while Gilman and sophomore Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass) recorded one assist apiece.
Reentering the game in the 11th minute, Merrigan scored less than 30 seconds later off an assist by Gilman giving the Green and White a 1-0 lead. Tango a netted a goal of her own in the 30th minute before Babson conceded a goal to a league foe for the first time in over 529 minutes when Springfield junior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H) scored off an assist from senior Dani Sweet (Charleston, Mass.) to make it 2-1 going into halftime.
The second half was a different story as the Beavers recorded four unanswered goals to seal the win. Two minutes after a Springfield penalty corner, Towers struck the back of the cage off an assist from Diamond to give Babson a 3-1 lead. In the 53rd minute of play, Tango scored her second goal of the game to become the eighth player in school history to reach the 100-point mark, and the first player since Caroline Malone '15 in 2014. Babson closed out the game with two more goals as Gilman and Roche each scored off assists by Drakeley in the final seven minutes.
Sophomore goalie Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) made one save to record her eighth of the year for the Green and White. Junior Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y) registered 13 stops for Springfield.
The Beavers finished with a 28-6 advantage in shots, while both teams attemted five penalty corners.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it hosts No. 7 Middlebury at 1 p.m., while Springfield will next take the field at home as they are set to host Williams on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers, who had posted seven consecutive shutouts in NEWMAC play, conceded their first conference goal since October 3, 2016, in a 4-1 win at Wellesley.
• The Green and white is 7-0 on the season and 49-1 since September 21, 2013, when leading at the half.
• Babson is now 27-1 in September dating back to 2015.
• Tango ranks sixth in assists (28) and is tied for eighth in program history in goals (36).