NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 13 Field Hockey vs. MIT
Thursday, November 1 | 3:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 45th time on Thursday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1984.
• The Beavers are 28-16 all-time against the Engineers and have won seven of the last nine matches between the teams.
• No. 13 Babson and MIT will meet for the ninth time in the conference playoffs.
• The Engineers have won six of the previous eight meetings, but both of the Beavers' NEWMAC Tournament titles have come against MIT, including a 1-0 triumph in 2016.
• Junior Tori Roche recorded a pair of seconded-half goals as then-fourth-ranked Babson college shutout MIT, 3-0, on September 15 in Cambridge.
•Senior Catherine Gilman chipped in with a goal, while classmate Ashley Tango logged two assists.
•Senior Lauren Drakeley sophomore Maddy Paro and first-year Mackenzie Larson each recorded a defensive save, while first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley made three stops for the Beavers.
LAST MIT WIN
• Anna Neumann scored four minutes into the contest and first-year goalkeeper Grace Moore made eight saves as then 12th-ranked MIT edged then third-ranked Babson, 1-0, in the NEWMAC Tournament final on November 5, 2017, at MacDowell Field.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• Fifth-seeded MIT (10-7, 4-4 NEWMAC) downed fourth-seeded WPI, 3-1, on Tuesday night in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal.
• Sophomore Amanda Garofalo scored twice, senior Bailey Tregoning chipped in with a goal of her own, and Moore logged eight saves as the Engineers advanced to the semifinals for the ninth time in 10 years.
• Junior Devon Goetz (14-7-35) has recorded at least one point in her last three outings, while Garofalo (7-4-18) and Tregoning (8-5-21) have scored three game-winning goals apiece.
• Moore owns a 2.14 goals against average and a .735 save percentage to go along with one shutout in 13 starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded and 13th-ranked Babson (15-3, 8-0 NEWMAC) is making its ninth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament semifinal appearance, which is the longest current streak in the conference.
• The Beavers enter the postseason on an eight-game winning streak following last Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Skidmore.
• Roche (22-5-49) is tied for ninth in the country in points, Tango (15-14-44) is tied for eighth in the country in assists, and Gilman (11-4-26) has netted four game-winning goals.
• Drakeley has recorded three defensive saves on the year, while Riley has posted a conference-best 0.94 goals against average, a .770 save percentage, and a league-best six shutouts in 18 starts.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
• Coming off its third straight unbeaten season in NEWMAC play, the Beavers have their sights set on a second conference tournament championship in three years.
• A victory on Thursday would send the Green and White to the league title game for a third consecutive season for the first time in school history.
• With a five-point outing on Saturday at WPI, Tango surpassed the 40-point mark for the third consecutive year. She joins Morgan Lockwood '14 as the only other player in school history to achieve this feat.
• Roche (47 points) and Tango (44) give the Beavers two players with 40 or more points in the same season for just the sixth time in program history. This also occurred in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
• The Green and White enters the postseason ranked seventh in Division III in scoring average (4.44) and scoring margin (3.51), and 18th nationally in goals against average (0.93).
• During its current eight-game winning streak, Babson has outscored its opponents 37-5 while posting three shutouts.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
• The senior trio of Drakeley, Gilman and Tango has combined for eight goals, five assists and 21 points in nine career postseason games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 14-0 this season when holding their opponents to one goal or less.
• Admission to all games will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for students. There is no charge for children under 12. All Babson students will be admitted free of charge with their OneCard.