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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Eastern Connecticut State

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Eastern Connecticut State

Women's Soccer at Eastern Connecticut State
Saturday, September 8 | 1 p.m.
Nevers Field | Willimantic, Conn.

THE SERIES
• Babson faces Eastern Connecticut for just the second time in program history with the Beavers having won the only previous meeting against Warriors.

LAST MEETING
• Tara Haverty '02 and Lauren Celli '05 each scored to help the Beavers defeat the Warriors 2-1 in OT in an ECAC Tournament quarterfinal match on October 31, 2001.
• Katie McMackin '04 made 12 saves for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
• Eastern Connecticut (2-1-0) is coming off of a 3-0 victory against Elms on Wednesday at Thomas Nevers Field.
• Seniors Aly Clarke and Linnea Reich made the game 2-0 shortly into the second half, while junior Stephanie Sanchez recorded her first career goal in the 76th minute. Senior Kayla Labrecque and junior Erin Collins each made one save in the shutout.
• Clarke, who led the team with 10 goals last season, Reich, Sanchez and junior Abbey Fitzsimmons have all scored once over the first three matches.
• Labrecque has started twice in three matches posting a 0.65 goals against average and a .857 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-0-1) tied Bowdoin in a 0-0 double overtime match on Wednesday afternoon.
• Senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick recorded a season-high 10 saves to solidify a shutout for the Beavers, who were outshot 20-3 by the Polar Bears.
• Seniors Jessica Fernandes (2-2-6) and Emma Dineen (2-1-5) have combined for 11 points over the first three games, while first-year Katherine Ryan has scored a pair of goals.
• Gierschick has posted a 0.31 goals against average and a .909 save percentage to go along with a pair of shutouts in three starts.

GETTING TO KNOW THE LITTLE EAST
• In addition to Saturday's fixture, the Beavers will visit another LEC foe in UMass Boston to wrap up their season-opening five-game road swing. The Green and White is 8-4-3 all-time against LEC opponents.

LEANING ON THE DEFENSE
• Gierschick posted the 13th shutout of her career on Wednesday at Bowdoin and has now conceded just five goals over the last 760 minutes going back to last October.
• Babson's starting back line of senior Julia Lindsay, juniors Julia Janikies and Maya King, and first-year Maite Gutierrez have not allowed an opponent to score in three matches this season. The lone goal allowed by the Green and White was a lone goal in last Sunday's win over Aurora.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 18-2-5 going back to the start of the 2016 season when scoring the first goal of the match.

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