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Timely Scoring, Strong Defense Help No. 7 Field Hockey Blank Endicott, 3-0

Timely Scoring, Strong Defense Help No. 7 Field Hockey Blank Endicott, 3-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 7 Babson College got goals from three different players and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made eight saves as the Beavers defeated visiting Endicott College, 3-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday night at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 on the year, while Endicott slips to 1-1 overall.

Senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.), classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) each had a goal for the Beavers. Senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) contributed a pair of assists and Roche added one helper in the win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) finished with three saves, all in the second half, for the Gulls.

Roche got the Green and White on the board at the 16:48 mark when she redirected a long pass into the circle from Drakeley for her fifth goal of the season. The Beavers doubled their advantage just under five minutes later when Roche took advantage of a turnover at midfield and beat a defender on her way into the circle before sliding a pass past Farrin for Gilman, who tapped the ball into the open net for her second tally of the year.

Riley made five first-half stops, including a kick save off blast from Endicott senior Maggie O'Reilly (Cheshire, Conn.) following a penalty corner in the 20th minute. She made another kick save to deny first-year Sydney Poulin's (Watertown, Mass.) shot from the right side of the circle just after halftime, and followed it up with back-to-back stops on sophomore Lauren Whitney (Poway, Calif.) and Poulin following another corner in the 42nd minute.

Babson put the game away on Tango's first goal of the year with 13 minutes remaining. Drakeley took a corner insert from junior Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) at the top of the arc and slid a pass to Tango, who hammered a shot through traffic to make it 3-0.

The Gulls finished with a 14-10 edge in shots and a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners, although they were held without a shot over the final 23 minutes.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Connecticut College at 6:30 p.m., while Endicott hosts Rensselaer next Saturday at 1 p.m.

• The Beavers are 9-3 all-time against Endicott and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams.
• With her 42nd career goal on Saturday night, Tango is now tied for fifth in program history with 125 points alongside Caroline Malone '15.
• Babson has now won 45 consecutive matches when leading at halftime.
• The Green and White improves to 30-2 in the month of September going back to 2015.