WORCESTER, Mass.—Six different Beavers recorded a goal to help ninth-ranked Babson College defeat Clark University, 6-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.
With its third consecutive win, Babson improves to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in league play to secure a spot in the NEWMAC tournament, while Clark slips to 6-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) led all scorers with two goals, while senior Ashley Tango, junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), first-year Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.), and Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) chipped in with one goal apiece. Brady and Roche each recorded an assist in the Beavers win, and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md. made four saves to earn her 10th win of the year.
Senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) scored the lone goal on the day for the Cougars, and the trio of senior Raistlin Bittues (Center Ossipee, N.H.), sophomore Cheyanne Zappala (Laconia, N.H.) and first-year Sydney Lamothe (Newfoundland, N.J.) each performed a defensive save in the loss. Senior goalkeeper Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) finished with 29 saves over 60 minutes, before first-year Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine), who made five saves, finished the game.
The Green and White went in front less than two minutes into the contest when Gilman scored off her own rebound. Brady made it 2-0 with her second tally of the year in the 18th minute, but Barksdale brought Clark back within one less than five minutes later when she converted her own rebound on a breakaway.
Gilman notched her second goal of the day off a corner at the 25:16 mark to give Babson a 3-1 lead at the break, and Roche converted a feed from Brady 4:28 into the second half to extend the margin to 4-1. Greer scored her sixth goal of the season in the 54th minute and Tango followed with her 10th marker of the year 65 seconds later for the final margin.
The Beavers outshot the Cougars 50-6 and attempted 17 of the game's 19 corners.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday, as Babson travels to the University of New England at 6 p.m., while Clark visits Lasell at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are 18-15-2 all-time against the Cougars and have won 15 straight matches going back to 2004.
• Babson is 25-2 on Saturday going back to 2016.
• Prior to Clark scoring in the first half, the Cougars have been shutout in the past three games.
• Roche and Tango have combined for 19 goals and nine assists over the last seven games.