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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 15 Field Hockey vs. Springfield
Thursday, November 7 | 3:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 14-18 all-time against Springfield in a series that dates back to 1996.
• The Beavers have won their last 10 contests against the Pride going back to 2013.
• During its 10-game series winning streak Babson has outscored Springfield 45-14.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• The teams will meet for the fifth time in the last eight seasons and ninth time overall in the conference playoffs on Thursday.
• Babson is 4-4 in NEWMAC Tournament play, which includes three one-goal victories and 7-3 win in the 2017 semifinals.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Maddy Paro scored on a penalty stroke late in the first quarter and senior Tori Roche contributed a goal and an assist to help Babson defeat the Pride, 4-0, on September 28 in Springfield.
• Sophomore Cassidy Riley made four saves for the Beavers, while junior Elizabeth Morehouse stopped 11 shots over the first three quarters for Springfield.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Fourth-seeded Springfield (11-7, 4-4 NEWMAC) advanced to the conference semifinals for the third year in a row with a 2-1 win over Wellesley on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Kyra Ashe scored midway through the second quarter and again early in the third for the Pride, which got eight saves from Morehouse as head coach Melissa Sharpe recorded her 200th win.
• Senior Taylor Conley (14-2-30) is tied for sixth in the league in scoring, junior Taylor Low (5-7-17) leads the team in assists, and classmate Morgan Bonk has contributed four goals and four assists for 12 points.
• Morehouse has started all 18 games and owns a 1.84 goals against averge and a .724 save percentage to go along with four shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded and 15th-ranked Babson (17-3, 8-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to 12 with a 6-1 victory at Keene State on Saturday.
• Junior Lauren Curley registered a first-half hat trick and Roche chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Beavers, who are making their 10th consecutive conference semifinal appearance.
• Curley (19-3-41) is third in the league in goals and points, Roche (17-5-39) ranks fourth in scoring, and junior Millie Brady (6-11-23) is tied for first in the NEMWAC in assists.
• Riley has started all 20 games and ranks 13th in Division III in goals against average (0.81) and 18th in save percentage (.819) to go along with six shutouts.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Curley enters the postseason riding a six-game scoring streak that has seen her produce 11 goals during the run.
• Brady has at least one assist in four straight matches.
• Roche has scored in four consecutive games against Springfield going back to 2017.
• Babson's 12-game winning streak is one shy of the school record set back in 2015 and is tied for the fourth longest current streak in Division III behind Centre and TCNJ (16 games) and Geneseo (14 games).

CONFERENCE HONORS FOR CURLEY
• Following her two-goal, two-assist performance at Union and Saturday's first-half hat trick at Keene State, Curley was selected as the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

LEADING SCORERS LEADING THE WAY
• Babson's top four scorers, a group that includes Roche, Curley, Brady and Paro, have combined for 38 goals and 21 assists during the current 12-game winning streak.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS
• Roche, who has scored at least one goal in eight of the last 10 contests, is tied for fifth in Babson history with 53 goals and also ranks seventh on the on the program's career list with 120 points.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 14-0 this fall when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.

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