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No. 3 Field Hockey Clinches Share of Third Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 8-1 Win over Wheaton

No. 3 Field Hockey Clinches Share of Third Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 8-1 Win over Wheaton

Towers Reaches 100 Career Points as Beavers Record 17th Straight Conference Win

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) recorded her first career hat trick and senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.) surpassed 100 career points as third-ranked Babson College rolled past visiting Wheaton College, 8-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday night at MacDowell Field.

With its 17th straight conference win, Babson improves to 14-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play while clinching at least a share of its third consecutive NEWMAC regular season crown. The Beavers also will be the top seed in the upcoming league tournament. Wheaton falls to 4-9 overall and 0-6 in the NEWMAC with the loss.

Senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) and juniors Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.), Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) all scored once for Babson. First-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) chipped in with two assists, while sophomore Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) and first-year Madison Adler (Straham, N.H.) combined to make four saves in the win.

Sophomore Lauren Bartlett (Middlebury, Vt.) had a goal and first-year Hannah Arkin (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) chipped in with an assist for the Lyons. Senior Riley Thompson (Fairfield, Conn.) stopped 15 shots in 53-plus minutes, while sophomore Morgan Karnes (Durham, Maine) added four saves in the loss.

Towers notched her 42nd career goal and became just the ninth player to reach 100 career points while giving the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 3:05 into the contest. Tango doubled the advantage at the 13:16 mark with a blast from near the top of the circle that deflected off Thompson's pad.

Roche and Gilman both stuffed home rebounds just 91 seconds apart to give the Beavers a 4-0 advantage in the 21st minute, and Drakeley ripped a shot from the top of the circle for her second goal of the year in the 29th minute to make it 5-0 at the break. Merrigan scored 1:05 into the second half and Roche converted a pair of feeds form Paro to complete Babson's first hat trick of the season and extend the margin to 8-0 at the 46:23 mark.

Wheaton got on the board with 8:40 left in regulation on Bartlett's first goal of the season following consecutive penalty corners.

The Beavers finished with a 34-6 edge in shots, which includes a 20-2 bulge in the first half, and owned a 5-3 advantage in corners.

Babson returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Gordon at 3 p.m., while Wheaton takes on Springfield on Saturday at 12 p.m.

• The Beavers are 22-12-1 all-time against Wheaton and have won nine of the last 10 matches between the teams.
• Babson is tied with Rhodes for the third longest conference winning streak in Division III at 17 games.
• Roche's hat trick is the first by a Babson player since Tango scored three times in a September 22, 2016, win at Johnson & Wales.
• The Green and White has won 42 games in a row when scoring three or more goals.
• Tuesday's win represents the largest win by either team in the all-time series.