Beavers Run NEWMAC Regular Season Winning Streak to 21 with Rout of Lyons
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored two goals as fifth-ranked Babson College defeated visiting Mount Holyoke, 7-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win Babson moves to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the NEWMAC, while Mount Holyoke falls to 5-5 on the year and 1-2 in the conference.
Senior Cate Diamond and sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) both added a goal and an assist, while senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.), classmate Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.), and first-year Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) each recorded a goal. First-year Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) and classmate Sophia McCann (Duxbury, Mass.) both chipped in with an assist apiece for the Beavers.
First-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with two saves during her 62 minutes of play, while sophomore Madison Adler (Stratham, N.H.), who played the final eight minutes, didn't face any shots in the win.
The Lyons lone goal came from first-year Kylie Brooks (Oceanside, Calif.). Junior goalkeeper Morgan Turner (Chester, N.J.) made five saves over 60 minutes and sophomore Maddie Miller (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded two saves in the cage over the final 10 minutes in the loss.
The Green and White got on board in the 11th minute of play following a penalty corner. Diamond passed the ball to Tango on the far side of the circle where she created space and blasted a shot past Turner for a 1-0 lead. Two minutes after the Babson goal, Mount Holyoke pulled even when Brooks knocked a rebound past Riley for her third tally of the year.
The Beavers went back in front for good in the 15th minute on the first of Roche's two goals. After running past the Lyons' defense, Greer sent the ball to the far side of the field and Roche was able to send it to the back of the cage to make it 2-1. Diamond and Paro combined on the last two goals of the half with each scoring once. Following a penalty corner, Paro passed the ball forward to Diamond who was able to slide the ball under Turner to extend the lead to 3-1. With less than three minutes left in the half the duo connected again, this time Paro had the goal to give Babson a 4-1 advantage heading in the half.
The Beavers shutout Mount Holyoke in the second half while scoring three goals to secure the win. On a breakaway, Curley drove the ball to the far side of the field and knocked it past the Turner to earn her first goal in conference play. Less than a minute later, McCann had a breakaway of her own and fed Roche for her team-leading 14th goal at the 55:13 mark.
The Green and White added one more goal when Drakeley hammered a shot from inside the circle with less than nine minutes remaining.
The Beavers outshot the Lyons, 24-5, and held an advantage in penalty corners, 11-3.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Wellesley at 7 p.m., while Mount Holyoke visits Springfield at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 21-15-3 all-time against Mount Holyoke and have won four straight meetings in the series.
• Babson has won 21 consecutive NEWMAC regular season games while outscoring its foes 83-10 entering game
• The Green and White has outscored its first 11 foes 30-3 in the first half this fall.
• Tango and Roche have combined to produce 11 goals and seven assists over the last six games.