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No. 11 Field Hockey Downs Smith, 3-0

No. 11 Field Hockey Downs Smith, 3-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and junior Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.) each finished with a goal and an assist to help 11th-ranked Babson College defeat visiting Smith College, 3-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fifth straight win, Babson improves to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in league play, while Smith slips to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored her team-leading 19th goal of the season and first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three saves to earn her fifth shutout of the year for the Beavers.

First-year Channy Cornell (Arlington, Texas) turned away 11 shots for the Pioneers.

The Green and White jumped on top less than 10 minutes into the game when Diamond poked home a rebound at the back post following a corner for her second goal of the year. Tango had her initial shot blocked and Cornell denied senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) but the ball came loose and Diamond put it away for a 1-0 edge.

The Beavers dominated possession for much of the second half and tacked on a pair of insurance tallies over the final five minutes. Roche redirected a blast by Tango at the 65:06 mark and Tango ripped a shot past Cornell following a corner in the 67th minute for the final margin.

Riley made a pair of strong stops in the opening half for Babson, kicking away a shot by senior Alex Larosee (Warwick, R.I.) in the 15th minute and coming off her line to make a pad save on senior Beatrice Chaudoin's (Millersville, Md.) blast following a corner in the 23rd minute to keep the hosts in front. Smith's best second-half scoring chance came with just over 10 minutes to go, but Beavers' senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) tracked back to break up Larosee's chance from the right side of the circle.

The Green and White finished with a 23-7 edge in shots and held an 11-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson travels to Wheaton at 7 p.m., while the Pioneers host WPI at 6 p.m.

• The Beavers are 20-19-1 all-time against Smith and have won 17 of the last 19 meetings between the programs.
• Tango has produced at least one point in 11 consecutive NEWMAC regular season games, while Roche extended her regular season league scoring streak to eight matches with a second-half goal.
• Babson has allowed one goal or less in 34 of its last 35 games against NEWMAC foes.
• The Beavers have won 56 straight games when scoring three or more goals.