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NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: No. 14 Field Hockey vs. Saint Joseph's

NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: No. 14 Field Hockey vs. Saint Joseph's

NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 15 Field Hockey vs. Saint Joseph's
Wednesday, November 13 | 2 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 1-0 all-time against Saint Joseph's thanks to a one-goal victory in the only previous meeting between the programs back in early September.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Lauren Curley scored 13:05 into the match and classmate Cassidy Riley made it stand up with three saves as then-14th-ranked Babson defeated Saint Joseph's, 1-0, on September 7 in Standish, Maine.
• Junior goalkeeper Alexandria Simpson made nine saves for the Monks, who had won 13 straight at home before falling to the Beavers.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Beavers are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four seasons and the fifth overall in program history.
• Babson advanced to the national semifinals with wins over St. John Fisher and Franklin & Marshall in 2016, and is 2-1 three previous first round matches.

SAINT JOSEPH'S IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Monks are making their fourth consecutive national tournament appearance.
• Saint Josephs, which advanced to the second round in its first NCAA appearance back in 2016, has lost in the first round each of the last two years.

SCOUTING THE MONKS
• Saint Joseph's (18-3) has won seven consecutive games and is coming off a 4-0 victory over Lasell in the GNAC Tournament final last Saturday.
• First-year Megan Quirion scored twice and seniors Maddy Beualieu and Libby Pomerleau added second-half goals for the Monks, who recorded their sixth shutout in the last seven games.
• Sophomore Emma Rutledge (12-9-32) and junior Alexandra Belaire (8-12-28) have each scored four game-winning markers, Pomerleau (7-5-19) is tied for third on the team in assists, and first-year Alexa Gutowski has contributed nine goals and 18 points.
• Simpson has started all 21 games posting a 1.01 goals against average and a .782 save percentage for a defense that has recorded 10 shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 Babson (18-4) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons after suffering a 3-2 OT loss to MIT in the NEWMAC final last Saturday.
• Senior Tori Roche recorded a goal and an assist and Curley scored once for the Beavers, who had their program-record-tying 13-game winning streak snapped by the Engineers.
• Curley (22-4-48) ranks 10th in Division III in goals, Roche (19-5-43) has tallied at least once in 10 of the last 12 games, and sophomore Millie Brady (7-11-25) has scored four game-winning markers and leads the team in assists.
• Riley has started all 22 games this fall and boasts a 0.93 goals against average and a .794 save percentage to go along with six shutouts.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Curley has registered at least one marker in a career-high eight straight matches while producing five multi-goal games and 14 tallies in all during this stretch.
• Roche has put away seven goals over the last five games and has scored at least once in each contest.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• The Green and White has played six games against teams competing in the 24-team Division III Tournament.
• In addition to going 1-1 against MIT and defeating Saint Joseph's back in September, the Beavers suffered losses to Endicott (3-1) on September 7, Middlebury (2-0) on September 15 and Tufts (1-0) on September 25.

MOVING ON UP
• Roche's 55 career goals are good for the fifth highest total in Babson history, and her 125 points have her tied with Jessica Paladino '10 and Caroline Malone '15 for fifth place on the school's all-time list.
• Curley's 22 goals are the most by a sophomore in single-season program history, and are tied for the fifth highest total by a Babson player in a single year.

FEELING AT HOME
• Senior Kate Driscoll has scored five of her six goals and produced 12 of her 16 points in Babson's 10 home games this season.

GOING OUT IN STYLE
• Seniors Driscoll, Roche, Cate Diamond, Carla DiBiase and Haley Pesce will play their final home game against the Monks on Wednesday.
• The group, which owns more wins than any senior class in program history (71), will play in their 10th postseason home game at MacDowell Field.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• The winner of Wednesday's first round contest will travel to second-ranked Middlebury for a second round clash on Saturday at 11 a.m.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have outscored their opponents 20-4 in the first quarter this season.

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