Tango Named Player of the Year, Drakeley Collects Third Straight Defensive Player of the Year Honor, Ryan Garners Fourth Consecutive Coach of the Year Award
WESTWOOD, Mass.—Coming off its fourth consecutive regular season league title, seven members of the Babson College field hockey program were honored when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released its postseason awards on Tuesday morning.
Highlighting the honors were senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) being selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year and classmate Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) earning her third consecutive NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year award. Head coach Julie Ryan also was tabbed as the league's coach of the year for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time since 2010. Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and first-year Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) joined Tango and Drakeley on the first team, while senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, N.H.) were both named to the All-NEWMAC second team.
A four-time all-conference and three-time first-team selection, Tango was chosen as the league's player of the year for the second time in three years after producing 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 points in 19 games. She ranks second in the NEWMAC and ninth in Division III in assists, and is fourth in the league in points in addition to becoming just the third player in program history to surpass 40 points in three straight seasons.
One of just 17 players in Division III history with more than 50 goals and 50 assists, Tango ranks first in program history in assists (52), fourth in goals (56) and is third all-time with 164 points.
Drakeley earned her third straight All-NEWMAC first team nod and fourth consecutive all-conference award after anchoring the league's top-ranked defense. She started all 19 games and finished with three goals and six assists for 12 points in addition to recording a career-high three defensive saves.
A starter at center back in all 85 games over the last four seasons, Drakeley is tied for seventh in program history with 28 assists and finishes her career with 56 points. She also helped the Green and White record 38 shutouts during this stretch.
Roche was named to the all-conference first team for the second year in a row after producing career highs of 22 goals and five assists for a league-best 49 points. She scored at least one goal in 14 contests, is tied for 10th in Division III in goals, and her 22 markers are the most by a Babson player since 2012 and the fifth most in single-season program history.
Riley started all 19 contests in goal for the Beavers posting a 1.00 goals against average and a .765 save percentage to go along with six shutouts. She led the conference in goals against average, shutouts and wins, and ranked fourth among NEWMAC goalkeepers in save percentage.
Gilman earned her first all-conference honor after finishing with career highs in goals (11), assists (4), points (26) and game-winning tallies (4) this fall. A three-year starter, she ranks 15th in school history with 32 goals and nine assists for 75 points.
Paro, who moved from the midfield to outside back prior to the season, was named to the All-NEWMAC second team for the second year in a row. She started all 19 matches and produced three goals and six assists for 12 points to go along with two defensive saves.
Ryan guided Babson to a perfect 8-0 mark in NEWMAC play for the third straight year and sixth time during her 12-year career this fall. Her senior class set a new program record for wins in a four-year period with 70, and the Beavers ranked in the top 10 in Division III in both scoring offense and scoring margin.
Babson, which is ranked 14th in the latest NFHCA Division III poll, finished the 2018 campaign at 15-4 overall after suffering a 2-1 loss to MIT in the NEWMAC semifinals last Thursday.