Ryan Earns Third Straight Coach of the Year Award, Drakeley Repeats as Defensive Player of the Year
WESTWOOD, Mass.—Coming off its third consecutive regular season conference title, the Babson College field hockey team had seven members of its program honored when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released its postseason awards on Tuesday.
Highlighting the selections were head coach Julie Ryan being selected as the league's coach of the year for the third year in a row and fifth time since 2010, and junior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) repeating as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year. Joining Drakeley on the first team were classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), while senior Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.), sophomore Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) and first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) all garnered all-conference second-team honors.
Drakeley earned her third consecutive NEWMAC all-conference honor after starting all 21 games for one of the nation's top-ranked defenses. She notched two goals and nine assists for 13 points in all games, and finished the year ranked second in the league in assists. In addition to her offensive production, Drakeley helped anchor a defense that allowed just four goals in eight regular-season conference matches.
Tango earned her third consecutive all-conference award and was named to the first team for the second year in a row after producing 11 goals and a career-high 18 assists for 40 points in 21 games. She leads all of Division III in assists and assists per game (0.86), and passed Elise Conley '06 and Colleen Kelly '11 for the program's single-season record in Saturday's NEWMAC seminal win over Springfield. Tango also ranks second in the league in points.
Roche garnered all-conference recognition for the first time after producing career highs of 14 goals and three assists for 31 points this fall. She ranks fourth in the league in goals and fifth in points, and scored a league-high 10 goals in eight NEWMAC contests. Roche's .400 shooting percentage in league play also was the best among players with at least 10 shot attempts.
A 2016 first-team selection, Towers earned NEWMAC All-Conference recognition for the second year in a row after finishing with eight goals and two assists for 18 points. She produced six goals against conference foes, which includes a trio of game-winning markers, and enters the NCAA Tournament ranked sixth in program history in career goals (45) and eighth all-time in points (106).
The program's all-time leader in shutouts, Barry was named to the all-league squad for the first time after going 17-4 with a 0.91 goals against average, a .725 save percentage and seven shutouts in 21 starts. She ranks first in the NEWMAC in both goals against average and wins, is second in shutouts, and has recorded a career-high 50 saves this season.
Paro started all 21 games in the midfield and finished with three goals and six assists for 12 points. The only rookie starter for the Green and White, she ranks third on the team in assists and produced one goal and three helpers in league play.
In addition to the team's six all-league accolades, senior Elena Bartholomew (Westwood, Mass.) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team.
No. 5 Babson (17-4), which is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, will host Husson in a first round game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.