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No. 3 Field Hockey Eases Past Gordon, 4-0

No. 3 Field Hockey Eases Past Gordon, 4-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Third-ranked Babson College got goals from four different players on its way to defeating visiting Gordon College, 4-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Thursday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its 14th straight home win, Babson is now 15-2 on the year, while Gordon falls to 3-12 overall.

Seniors Julie Mortimer (Spencer, Mass.) and Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.), junior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) all scored for the Beavers. Paro and junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) each had one assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded her seventh save of the year.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Altman (Hopkinton, Mass.) turned away 16 shots and junior Briana Kowolenko (Brooklyn, Conn.) made four defensive saves for the Fighting Scots.

Gilman opened the scoring in the 13th minute when she took a pass from Paro with her back to goal and ripped a shot past Altman to give the Green and White a 1-0 advantage. Towers doubled the lead in the 28th minute when she cleaned up a rebound for her sixth goal of the year. Altman came off her line to stuff sophomore Tori Roche's (Andover, Mass.) shot before Towers hammered home the loose ball.

Paro made it 3-0 just 2:02 into the second half when she collected a feed from Tango in the middle of the circle and ripped a shot past Altman for her third tally of the season. Mortimer capped the scoring for Babson with her first goal of the fall on a penalty stroke in the 64th minute.

Despite being pinned in its defensive end for much of the second half, the Gordon defense was superb in defeat. Altman, turned away six shots over the final 35 minutes, including a pad save on Paro's lift shot following a penalty corner in the 62nd minute. Kowolenko made all four of her defensive saves after halftime, including three in a 56-second span midway through the stanza.

The Beavers finished with a 37-0 edge in shots and attempted 16 of the game's 17 penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts WPI, while Gordon travels to Roger Williams.

• The Beavers are 14-6 all-time against Gordon and have won 13 straight matches in the series going back to 2005.
• With one assist on Thursday, Tango is now third in program history with 34 in her career.
• Babson has outscored its opponents 31-5 in the first half this season.
• Towers, who became the ninth player in school history to reach 100 career points on Tuesday, has now scored in three consecutive games.