BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored 1:27 into overtime to lift 18th-ranked Babson College to a 1-0 win over the visiting University of New England in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday evening at MacDowell Field.
With its third straight victory, Babson improves to 3-1 overall, while the University of New England slips to 1-4 with its fourth consecutive loss.
Following 60 scoreless minutes of regulation, the Green and White scored the only goal of the match on its first possession of overtime. Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) earned a penalty corner when her shot deflected off a defender's foot, and Roche redirected sophomore Millie Brady's blast from the left of the circle for her third marker of the year.
Sophomore Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) was superb for Babson stopping eight shots to record her second consecutive shutout. Her counterpart, junior Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) of the University of New England, finished with six saves.
The Nor'easters dominated the opening quarter, but Riley came up with four stops, including back-to-back saves on sophomore Jillian Lachappelle (Gilford, N.H.) and senior Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) just shy of the 10-minute mark. Babson had its best chance to go in front stymied by Sargent early in the fourth as she denied Brady following a corner and then pushed away a backhand attempt by Roche 40 seconds later.
Riley made three saves in a 15-second span with just over five minutes to play in regulation, and junior Ellie Bisceglia (Kenilworth, Ill.) made a key steal in the circle with Lachappelle going to goal after dodging Riley with less than a minute to go to keep the game deadlocked.
The Beavers finished with a 15-8 edge in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corners for the match.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to Skidmore at 4 p.m., while the University of New England will host 15th-ranked Trinity on Sunday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 7-0 all-time against the Nor'easters, which includes three overtime victories.
• Babson is now 3-0 this season in games decided by a single goal.
• The Beavers last overtime win prior to Tuesday came on September 12, 2017, a 3-2 victory at Tufts.
• Babson has now won back-to-back 1-0 games for the first time since defeating Mount Holyoke and MIT on consecutive days to claim the 2016 NEWMAC Tournament championship.