Beavers Snap Monks' 13-Game Home Winning Streak
STANDISH, Maine—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the game late in the first quarter as 14th-ranked Babson College defeated previously unbeaten Saint Joseph's College, 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the SJC Athletic Complex.
With the victory, Babson improves to 2-1 on the year, while Saint Joseph's falls to 3-1 overall.
Senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) collected her second assist of the season on Curley's goal, while sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three saves to record her first shutout of the season and the seventh of her career for the Beavers.
Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) finished with nine saves for the Monks, who had won each of their first three matches by a 2-1 score line.
Simpson came up with back-to-back saves on Babson junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) following a penalty corner less than nine minutes into the match. The Green and White broke through in the 14th minute when Driscoll worked around multiple Saint Joseph's defenders in the right side of the circle before feeding Curley at the back post for her ninth career tally.
After the teams combined for just five shots in the middle quarters, the Beavers had a number of opportunities to add to their advantage early in the fourth. Simpson denied three shots by Brady in the span of just over two minutes, and Driscoll had another attempt go off the post keeping the margin at one.
Riley came up with her biggest save of the afternoon with less than 90 seconds to go, making a left-pad stop on Monks' junior Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) in traffic following a corner.
The Beavers finished with a 12-7 edge in shots, while Saint Joseph's held a slim 7-5 edge in corners.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts the University of New England at 6 p.m., while the Monks take on Southern Maine on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
• Saturday's match was the first all-time between Babson and Saint Joseph's.
• The Beavers are now 26-4 on the road going back to the start of the 2016 campaign.
• Babson's win snapped Saint Joseph's 13-game home winning streak.
• Riley's seven shutouts are already good for sixth place on the program's career list.