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No. 16 Field Hockey Slips Past Union for 11th Straight Win, 4-2

No. 16 Field Hockey Slips Past Union for 11th Straight Win, 4-2

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) finished with two goals and two assists for a career-high six points as 16th-ranked Babson College rallied for a 4-2 win at Union College in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday night at Frank Bailey Field.

With its 11th straight victory, Babson improves to 16-3 overall, while Union sees its season come to a close at 6-10.

Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored twice and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) registered one assist for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with three saves in the win.

Senior Charlotte Leyland (West Hartford, Conn.) scored twice and sophomore Jill Bove (Stony Brook, N.Y.) recorded a pair of assists for the Dutchwomen, which got five saves from junior goalkeeper Heather Poisson (Fairport, N.Y.).

After a scoreless opening quarter, Leyland gave Union a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the second with a blast from the right side of the circle that deflected off a defender following a corner. The Green and White pulled even exactly four minutes later when Roche redirected a centering feed from Curley in front of the cage for her 14th goal of the year.

Babson was unable to cash in on three quality scoring chances late in the second quarter, and Union went back in front 4:22 into the third when Leyland drilled a shot from the center of the circle past the outstretched blocker of Riley for her team-leading ninth goal. The lead was short-lived however, as Curley split two defenders after taking a long clearing pass from junior Ellie Bisceglia (Kenilworth, Ill.) and played the ball towards the circle for Roche, who took a touch and hit a low shot underneath the sliding Poisson to make it 2-2 with 5:58 to go in the period.

Curley put the Beavers ahead for good with 6:19 to go in the fourth when she followed her corner insert to the near post and atoned for a pair of early misses by converting Brady's feed to make it 3-2. She added an insurance marker just 1:39 later tucking a reverse sweep shot inside the near post from the left side of the circle.

Babson outshot Union 15-9 for the game and 8-2 in the second half, and also finished with a 9-6 edge in corners.

The Beavers conclude the regular season on Saturday when it travels to Keene State for a 12 p.m. start.

• Babson is now 6-1 all-time against Union.
• The Beavers have outscored their opponents 13-5 in the fourth quarter this season.
• Curley has now scored in five consecutive matches, a stretch which includes three multi-goal games.
• The Beavers are 10-1 away from home this season.
• With Wednesday's victory, Babson went unbeaten in October for the second year in a row (10-0) and has now won 17 straight games in the month.