Beavers Match Program Record with 13th Straight Win
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) each scored twice as top-seeded and 15th-ranked Babson College defeated fourth-seeded Springfield College, 6-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Thursday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which matched a program record with its 13th straight victory, improves to 18-3 overall and advances to the conference tournament final for the third time in the last four seasons. Springfield concludes its season at 11-8.
Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) both added a goal and Curley contributed an assist in the win for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) stopped three shots to earn the first postseason victory of her career.
First-year Audrey Bresciano (Greenfield, Mass.) had a goal and junior Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) chipped in with an assist for the Pride. Sophomore Gwen Smith (Westfield, Mass.) made seven saves in relief of junior Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.), who stopped three shots over the first 36 minutes.
Curley put the Green and White in front just 6:09 into the contest and Brady followed with a blast from along the end line on the right wing for her seventh goal of the year with just 12 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 2-0. Curley followed with her team-leading 21st tally of the year just 1:16 into the second with a blast from the left side of the circle to extend the margin to 3-0.
Springfield pulled one back just over three minutes later as Bresciano jammed home the rebound of a high shot by Bronk following a corner in the 20th minute. The Beavers pushed their lead back to three at the 7:49 mark of the second though, tipping a centering pass from Curley past Morehouse for her 19th goal of the year.
Driscoll scored the first of her two goals just 2:37 into the third quarter as she received a deflected pass by Brady and drilled a shot by Morehouse to make it 5-1. She added to the lead with just over three minutes left in the frame, cleaning up the rebound of a blast by first-year Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario).
The Beavers finished with a 26-8 edge in shots and an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Babson will host either second-seeded MIT or third-seeded WPI in Saturday's NEWMAC Tournament final.
• The Beavers have won their last 11 games against Springfield and improve to 15-18 all-time against the Pride.
• Babson's 13-game winning streak is tied for the longest in program history with the 2015 squad, which opened the year with 13 straight victories.
• Over the last seven contests Curley has scored 13 times while recording five multi-goal games.
• Roche's second-quarter tally is the 54th of her career moving her into fifth place on the program's all-time list.
• Babson has outscored its opponents 19-4 in the first quarter this fall.