Beavers Finish NEWMAC Play Unbeaten for Fourth Straight Year, Clinch Top Seed in Upcoming Conference Tournament
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) scored twice in the first quarter and classmate Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) added a goal and an assist in the fourth as 17th-ranked Babson College defeated visiting WPI, 5-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Winners of its last 10 games, Babson (15-3, 8-0 NEWMAC) finished league play unbeaten for the fourth consecutive season and will be the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament for the fifth year in a row. WPI, which has dropped two of its last three contests, falls to 14-2 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) each scored once, while classmate Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) registered two assists for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) stopped three shots in the win.
Junior Lindsey Giorgi (Barre, Mass.) had a goal and classmate Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, N.H.) chipped in with an assist for the Engineers, who got eight saves from sophomore goalkeeper Ali Gannon (Fremont, N.H.).
Giorgi put WPI on the board just over 90 seconds into the match when she collected a feed from Hess and slipped a shot past Riley and inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage. Driscoll tied it up with her first goal of the day just 1:07 later, redirecting a shot by Brady following a penalty corner, and then gave the Green and White the lead at the 9:47 mark of the opening period when she tipped Brady's shot past Gannon for her fourth marker of the season.
Paro extended the Babson lead to 3-1 just over four minutes before halftime. She gained control of the ball 25 yards from goal and drove into the circle before beating Gannon with a hard blast for her sixth tally of the season.
Riley made two of her three saves in the third quarter and Babson pulled away with a pair of goals in the fourth. Roche jammed home the rebound of Driscoll's shot in the crease 45 seconds into the frame and set up Curley's goal less than three minutes later for the final margin.
The Beavers outshot the Engineers 24-7 and finished with a 10-4 edge in corners.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to Union at 7 p.m., while WPI visits Clark at 3:45 p.m.
• The Beavers are 23-15 all-time against WPI and have won eight consecutive matches between the teams.
• Babson has won 34 straight NEWMAC regular season games going back to 2015.
• Roche, who was one of five seniors honored before the game along with Driscoll, Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.), Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) and Haley Pesce (Roxbury, Conn.), produced at least one goal for the 18th straight conference regular season game.
• The Beavers have won their last 16 games in the month of October.