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No. 13 Field Hockey Shuts Down Skidmore, 1-0, for Eighth Straight Win

No. 13 Field Hockey Shuts Down Skidmore, 1-0, for Eighth Straight Win

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored the lone goal midway through the second half to lift No. 13 Babson College to a 1-0 victory over visiting Skidmore College in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday afternoon.

Babson, which has won eight straight games, improves to 15-3 overall, while Skidmore slips to 8-10 on the year.

First-year Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) picked up an assist on the goal and classmate Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made one save to record her sixth shutout of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Coughlin (Kennebunk, Maine) finished with eight saves for the Thoroughbreds.

The Green and White broke the scoreless deadlock in the 55th minute when Curley broke into the circle from the left wing and drilled a shot that was redirected by Roche at the back post for a 1-0 advantage. The goal came on the heels of multiple quality scoring chances in the early moments of the second half for the Beavers. Coughlin kicked away Roche's shot at the right post in the 40th minute, made a sprawling save in the middle of the circle on a breakaway chance by Curley in the 44th minute, and kicked away a hard shot by senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) in the 49th minute.

Skidmore's best second-half scoring chance came just before the Babson goal when senior Gabby Hyman (Bernardsville, N.J.) missed just wide of the right post on a breakaway chance after Riley came out of the cage to cut down the angle. Hyman also had her first-half bid to opening the scoring snuffed out by Riley at the post leading to a corner.

Coughlin denied Beavers' senior Catherine Gilman's (Cohasset, Mass.) backhand shot in the 12th minute and the Thoroughbreds' defense blocked a hard drive by Tango following a corner in the 22nd minute to keep the game scoreless.

Babson finished with a 13-4 edge in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corners.

Both teams wrap up the regular season on Saturday as the Beavers host 13th-ranked Montclair State at 11 a.m., while Skidmore takes on Cortland at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 4-10 all-time against Skidmore and have won three straight in the series.
• Wednesday's victory marked the first time since last November's NCAA Tournament loss to Husson that Babson failed to score in the opening half.
• The victory was also the Beavers' first 1-0 win since their win at Skidmore on September 2, 2017.
• Babson's senior class of Gilman, Tango, Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) and Brielle Schafroth-Bach (Rye, N.H.) collected the 70th victory of their careers after being honored prior to the game.

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