Beavers Go Unbeaten in Conference Play for Second Year in a Row
BABSON PARK, Mass.- Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass) scored twice in the second half as No. 3 Babson College defeated WPI, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference ( NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win, Babson is now 16-2 overall and clinches the outright conference title with an 8-0 league record. WPI falls to 9-5 overall and 3-4 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) posted a goal, and junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) tagged on two assists. Senior Jessica Kelley (Lincoln, R.I.) performed a defiance save, while sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) didn't have to make any saves to record her 16th win this season.
The Green and White had a strong offensive showing with 15 shots in the first half and 10 in the second, while WPI recorded two on the afternoon.
DiBiase tipped in a through ball from Tango to give Babson the lone first half goal, and a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
In the 40th minute of play off of a deflection by the goalie, Roche received the ball and knocked it in to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage. 20 seconds later, Roche tipped in her second goal of the game off an assist from Tango to give Babson a 3-0 lead.
WPI answered back with a goal of their own in the 60th minute during a penalty corner. Sophomore Paris Lopez (Smithfield, R.I) lobbed the ball into the air towards the far right corner of the cage, which was then tipped in by classmate Suzy Opalka (Harvard, Mass.), bringing the final score of the game to 3-1.
Junior Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, Maine.) Recorded 10 saves on the afternoon.
The Green and White held a 14-5 edge in penalty corners to go along with their 25-2 advantage in shots.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts University of New England at 5 p.m., while WPI travels to Fitchburg State for a 4 p.m. match
• Babson ended conference play with a perfect 8-0 record for the second year in a row and fifth time since 2007.
• With two assists on the day, Tango is now one away from tying the program's single-season record.
• The Green and White outscored its opponents 32-5 through all eight NEWMAC games.