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NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 14 Field Hockey at No. 2 Middlebury

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 14 Field Hockey at No. 2 Middlebury

NCAA Tournament Second Round | Middlebury Regional
No. 14 Field Hockey at No. 2 Middlebury
Saturday, November 16 | 11 a.m.
Kohn Field | Middlebury, Vt.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 1-7 all-time against Middlebury in a series that dates back to 1996.
• Five of the eight games between the Beavers and Panthers have been decided by a single goal.
• Saturday's match is the fourth in the last three seasons between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Meg Fearey and senior Julia Richards both scored in the first quarter to help then-top-ranked Middlebury defeat the Beavers, 2-0, on September 15, in Babson Park.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Harlan finished with five saves for the Panthers.
• Sophomore Cassidy Riley stopped four shots and first-year Meara Hanyon made a pair of defensive saves for Babson.

BABSON IN THE POSTSEASON
• 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 after losing in the second round in both 2005 and 2010.

MIDDLEBURY IN THE POSTSEASON
• The Panthers are making their 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 20th overall in program history.
• Middlebury has won four Division III national titles, three of which (2015, 2017, 2018) have come over the last four seasons.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• No. 2 Middlebury (17-1) defeated Tufts 3-2 in OT for its fourth straight win in last Sunday's NESCAC Tournament final.
• Katie George scored the tying goal with 8:29 to play in the fourth quarter and Marissa Baker put away the game-winning tally 9:56 into overtime for the Panthers, who have seven one-goal wins this fall.
• Junior Erin Nicholas (10-6-26) and George (11-3-25) have combined to score nine game-winning goals, Baker (6-7-19) is first on the team in assists, and junior Danielle Brown (7-1-15) scored twice in the NESCAC Tournament.
• Harlan has started all 18 games and boasts a 0.75 goals against average and a .759 save percentage to go along with seven shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 Babson (19-4) defeated Saint Joseph's 2-0 in Wednesday's first round for its first NCAA Tournament win since 2016.
• Senior Tori Roche and sophomore Millie Brady both scored in the third quarter and Riley made a pair of saves for the Beavers, who have won 14 of their last 15 games.
• Curley (22-5-48) ranks 10th in Division III in goals, Roche (20-5-45) has tallied at least once in 11 of the last 13 games, and Brady (8-11-27) has scored five game-winning markers and leads the team in assists.
• Riley has started all 23 games this fall and boasts a 0.89 goals against average and a .798 save percentage to go along with seven shutouts.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Curley, who has recorded five multi-goal games since October 22, has registered at least a point in nine consecutive matches.
• Roche has put away eight goals over the last six games and has scored at least once in each contest.

MOVING ON UP
• With her tally on Wednesday, Roche has recorded 56 career markers and is now tied with three-time All-American Ashley Tango '19 for fourth place on the program's all-time list. Her 127 career points also rank fifth in Babson history.
• Curley's 22 goals are the most by a sophomore in single-season program history, and has her tied for the fifth highest total by a Babson player in a single year.

ROAD LESS TRAVELED
• The Beavers are 11-1 away from home this season and their eight-game road winning streak is tied for the third longest in Division III entering the weekend.
• Babson is 18-2 since the start of last season playing away from MacDowell Field with the only losses coming at Middlebury (2-1) in September 2018 and at Tufts on September 25 of this season.

REAPING THE REWARDS
• After going unbeaten in league play for the fourth year in a row, four Babson players were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference teams on Thursday.
• Curley and Riley both garnered first-team honors, while Roche and Brady were both selected to the second team.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• The Green and White has faced four of the other 15 teams that have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• In addition to its September loss to Middlebury, Babson split a pair of matches against MIT and suffered losses to Endicott (3-1) on August 30 and Tufts (1-0) on September 25.

BEAVER BITES
• Roche is one of three players in Babson history along with Elise Conley '06 and Morgan Lockwood '14 to record multiple 20-goal seasons.
• Riley's 19 wins this season are tied for the second most in single-season program history behind Deidre Barry, who 20 games in 2016.
• Although she has made just 42 career starts over two seasons, Riley already ranks fourth in program history in victories (34) and shutouts (13).

GOING OUT IN STYLE
• Seniors Roche, Kate Driscoll, Cate Diamond, Carla DiBiase and Haley Pesce played their final home game against Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.
• The group's 72 wins since 2016 are the most by a senior class in program history.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers have outscored their opponents 20-4 in the first quarter this season. Two of the four goals allowed came in the loss to Middlebury.
• Babson is 13-1 when leading at halftime and has not trailed at the half since its loss to the Panthers on September 15.
• The Beavers are 16-1 when leading after three quarters. Their lone loss came against MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament final last Saturday.
• The Green and White is 16-2 when scoring the first goal of the game. Its only losses when scoring first came against Endicott on August 30 and MIT last Saturday.
• Babson is 16-1 when scoring at least two goals.
• The Beavers are 17-1 when allowing one goal or less with the only loss coming at Tufts on September 25.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• The winner of Saturday's second round contest will face either No. 9 Kean or Endicott in a national quarterfinal on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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