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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final
No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT
Saturday, September 21 | 12:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 29-17 all-time against MIT in a series that dates back to 1984.
• The Beavers have won seven of their last nine matches versus the Engineers although both losses have come in the conference tournament.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and MIT will meet for the fourth year in a row and 10th time overall in the conference playoffs on Saturday.
• The Beavers are 2-7 in NEWMAC Tournament play against the Engineers but both wins came in the conference tournament final.
• Each of the last four postseason games between the teams have been decided by a single goal.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Kate Driscoll and sophomore Lauren Curley both scored late in the first quarter to help the Beavers defeat MIT, 4-1, on September 21 in Babson Park.
• Senior Tori Roche and sophomore Millie Brady tacked on fourth-quarter markers for Babson, which got five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley.
• First-year Paige Forester scored early in the second quarter for the Engineers, who got five saves from junior Grace Moore.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MIT (12-4, 7-1 NEWMAC) is making its fourth straight conference championship game appearance after defeating third-seeded WPI, 4-1, on Thursday.
• Seniors Devon Goetz and Taylor Grey both scored twice for the Engineers, who used three third-quarter goals to pull away for their eighth consecutive victory.
• Forester (20-4-44) ranks third in the league in points, junior Amanda Garofalo (13-2-28) has scored six game-winning goals, and Goetz (8-11-27) is tied for the NEWMAC lead in assists.
• Moore has started all 16 games and owns a 1.60 goals against average and a .760 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 15 Babson (18-3, 8-0 NEWMAC) is back in the conference tournament final for the third time in four years following a 6-1 rout of fourth-seeded Springfield on Thursday.
• Driscoll and Curley both scored twice for the Beavers, who led 4-1 at halftime on the way to matching a program record with their 13th straight victory.
• Curley (21-4-46) lead the league in goals, Roche (18-5-41) has scored in nine straight games against NEWMAC foes, and Brady (7-11-25) is tied for the conference lead in assists.
• Riley has started all 21 matches and boasts a 0.83 goals against average and a .813 save percentage to go along with six shutouts.

STORYLINES
• The Green and White, which has won four consecutive NEWMAC regular season titles, is seeking its first conference tournament crown since 2016.
• The team that has scored the first goal of the game has gone on to win eight straight matches between Babson and MIT.
• With both the Beavers (2nd) and Engineers (3rd) coming in behind Endicott in the latest NCAA regional rankings, it's likely that only Saturday's winner will reach the NCAA Tournament.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Babson tied a school record set back in 2015 with its 13th victory in a row on Thursday night.
• The Beavers have won their last five games at home since suffering a 2-0 loss to then-No. 1 Middlebury back on September 15.
• Curley has scored in seven consecutive games, a stretch that has seen her produced 13 goals.
• The Green and White has won its last 15 games on Saturday going back to the 2017 NEWMAC semifinals.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS
• Roche now ranks fifth in program history with 54 career goals and is sixth on Babson's all-time list with 122 points.
• Only Deirdre Barry (20 games, 2016) and Elissa Slovin (19 games, 2005) have recorded more victories in a season that Riley's 18 this fall.
• Riley's 0.83 goals against average also is currently the third lowest mark in single-season program history behind just Kayla Costa's 0.50 GAA in 2015 and Barry's 0.68 in 2016.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 15-0 this season and have lost just once in their last 45 games when scoring at least two goals.

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