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No. 2 Field Hockey Shuts Down Clark, 3-0

No. 2 Field Hockey Shuts Down Clark, 3-0

Barry Sets Career Shutout Mark as Beavers Extend NEWMAC Winning Streak to 15

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Three different players netted a goal as No. 2 Babson College shutout Clark University, 3-0, in New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the win, the Beavers improve to 12-1 on the season and remain undefeated in conference play at 5-0. They also become the first team to secure their spot in the NEWMAC tournament, which begins on October 31. The Cougars fall to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.

The Green and White dominated offensively in both halves with a 38-0 advantage in shots and a 15-0 edge in penalty corners. Cougars' junior goalkeeper Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I) was forced to make 26 saves on the day, while sophomore Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) earned the 17th shutout of her career to eclipse the program record set by Jen Archambault '94 23 years ago.

Senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.), junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.) each scored a goal for the Green and White. Junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn) recorded her eighth assist of the season giving her ten points on the year. 

Towers got the Beavers on the board in the third minute of play after a deflection off the goalie put the ball in her possession in which she notched her second goal of the year. After a plethora of shots and penalty corners, Diamond launched a through ball from Drakeley into the back of the cage to give Babson a 2-0 lead entering the half.

In the 69th minute of play, Tango found herself in the middle of the circle as she rocketed the ball into the back of the cage past the cougar defense to secure the Beaver 3-0 victory.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson visits Bates for a 5 p.m. match, while Clark heads to Husson for a 3 p.m. start.

• With its eighth shutout again Clark in 13 games against Clark, Babson is now 16-15-2 in the all-time series.
• The Beavers have now won 12 straight games at MacDowell Field going back to last year.
• The Green and White has outscored its foes 18-3 over its first five NEWMAC games.