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Game Preview: No. 18 Field Hockey at No. 5 Tufts

Game Preview: No. 18 Field Hockey at No. 5 Tufts

No. 18 Field Hockey at No. 5 Tufts
Wednesday, September 25 | 5 p.m.
Field | Medford, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 4-21 all-time against Tufts in a series that dates back to 1994.
• The Beavers and Jumbos have split their last four matchups, three of which have been decided by a single goal and each of the last two in overtime.

LAST MEETING
• Gigi Tutoni scored with 56 seconds to go in the first overtime as then-eighth-ranked Tufts defeated the Beavers, 2-1, on September 11, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Lauren Curley gave Babson the lead in the 21st minute before the Jumbos pulled even on senior Rachel Hamilton's penalty strike with 10:32 to go in regulation.
• Sophomore Cassidy Riley finished with nine saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 19-3 in the loss.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• No. 5 Tufts (4-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season by defeating then-No. 20 Colby, 3-2, on Saturday.
• Sophomore Claire Foley scored with 19 seconds to go in the fourth quarter for the Jumbos, who built a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Hamilton and senior Marguerite Salamone less than seven minutes into the contest.
• Foley (2-1-5) leads the team in scoring, while Salamone, junior Alexis Chauvette and sophomore Gillian Roeca have contributed two goals apiece.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Andie Stallman has made five starts posting a 1.11 goals against average and a .688 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 18 Babson (5-2) opened conference play with a 4-1 victory over MIT on Saturday.
• Curley and senior Kate Driscoll scored in the first quarter and classmate Tori Roche and sophomore Millie Brady added insurance tallies over the final 4:12 of the fourth quarter for the Beavers.
• Curley (4-0-8) and Roche (4-0-8) are tied for the team lead in scoring, while Brady (2-1-5) is one of four players to record at least one assist on the year for the Green and White.
• Riley has started all seven matches in goal posting a 1.11 goals against average and a .818 save percentage to go along with a pair of shutouts.

RILEY'S REPEAT
• Following her five-save performance in Saturday's victory over MIT, Riley was tabbed as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week on Monday.
• She is averaging 5.14 saves per game and has allowed one goal or less in five of seven contests this fall.

FINDING SUCCESS IN MEDFORD
• Three of the Beavers' four wins all-time against Tufts have come in Medford, which includes each of their last two visits in 2015 and 2017.
• The Green and White defeated the then-No. 7 Jumbos 3-0 in 2015 and got goals from Driscoll, Roche and senior Carla DiBiase to upend then-second-ranked Tufts 3-2 in overtime in 2017.

LONG ROAD AHEAD
• Wednesday's match is the first of six consecutive road games for Babson over the next 14 days.
• The Green and White has won six consecutive road games and is 36-6 away from home going back to the start of the 2015 campaign.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season in games decided by a single goal.

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