Field Hockey

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No. 14 Field Hockey Fights Past Connecticut College, 2-1

No. 14 Field Hockey Fights Past Connecticut College, 2-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) scored the go-ahead goal with 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter as 14th-ranked Babson College rallied for a 2-1 win over visiting Connecticut College in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday night at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Babson improves to 1-1 on the year, while Connecticut College opens the season at 0-1.

Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) also had a goal, while classmate Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) recorded an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with two saves, both in the first half, to pick up her first victory of the year.

Sophomore Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) had a goal and senior Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) contributed an assist for the Camels. Sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) turned away 10 shots in defeat.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, the Green and White dominated much of the final 30 minutes and pulled even on Roche's goal just 3:25 into the third. Driscoll collected the ball at the top of the arc and backed down her defender before finding Roche, who tapped in her centering pass in front for her second tally of the season.

Mountford denied back-to-back chances by Brady and Babson sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) midway through the third, and made another stop at the near post on a shot by Brady that snuck through traffic with just under eight minutes to play in the fourth. The Beavers went in front less than a minute later following a third straight penalty corner when Brady drove the net from the top of the arc and beat Mountford at the left post for a 2-1 advantage.

Connecticut College, which jumped on top on Gazard's hard blast from the right side of the circle at 7:40 of the first quarter, was held without a shot on goal over the final two frames. The Camels attempted three straight corners during a 90-second stretch with less than six minutes remaining but saw their only shot, a bid by Pollinger, get blocked by a Babson defender.

The Beavers outshot Connecticut College 22-9 for the game and 11-3 after halftime, and also finished with a 9-8 edge in corners.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Saint Joseph's (Maine), while Connecticut College visits Colby.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 8-5 all-time against Connecticut College and have won five straight games in the series going back to 2015.
• Driscoll's third-quarter assist was her first point since October 10, 2017, after missing nearly all of last year due to injury.
• Babson trailed at halftime for just the seventh time in 87 games going back to the start of 2015 against the Camels.
• The Beavers have won 15 straight games when allowing one goal or less.

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