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Third-Quarter Surge Helps No. 18 Field Hockey Down Smith for Seventh Consecutive Win, 4-1

Third-Quarter Surge Helps No. 18 Field Hockey Down Smith for Seventh Consecutive Win, 4-1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—No. 18 Babson College scored three times over the opening 4:07 of the third quarter on the way to defeating Smith College, 4-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action Saturday afternoon.

Winners of seven consecutive games, Babson improves to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in league play, while Smith dips to 3-11 overall and 1-4 in the NEWMAC with its fifth straight loss.

Junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) scored twice and senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) chipped in with a goal apiece for the Beavers. Senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) and junior Ellie Bisceglia (Kenilworth, Ill.) each contributed an assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made two saves in the win.

First-year Victoria Mellow (San Diego, Calif.) had a goal for the Pioneers, who got a combined 14 saves from sophomore Channy Cornell (Arlington, Texas) and first-year Taylor Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.).

Curley gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 3:08 into the second quarter when she collected a feed from Driscoll and blasted a shot inside the left post for a ninth goal of the year. Mellow wasted little time pulling Smith even though, as she intercepted a pass and weaved through the Babson defense before lifting shot over Riley's blocker to make it 1-1 less than four minutes later.

Paro broke the deadlock with a blast from the right side of the arc off a penalty corner just over 90 seconds into the third quarter. She followed it up with a penalty stroke at the 3:49 mark to make it 3-1, and Roche put away the rebound of a shot by McGrath for her team-leading 11th goal of the season just 18 seconds later for a 4-1 lead.

Bisceglia made a defensive save late in the third and Riley came up with both of her saves over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to help Babson maintain their three-goal edge.

The Beavers outshot the Pioneers 33-8 and finished with a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Wheaton at 4 p.m., while Smith travels to WPI at 3:45 p.m.

• The Beavers are 21-19-1 all-time against Smith and have won 18 of the last 20 games between the teams.
• Babson has outscored Smith 18-1 over the last five seasons.
• Roche has in 16 consecutive NEWMAC regular season games going back to 2017.
• Babson has won 32 straight conference regular season games and extended its NEWMAC road winning streak to 18 on Saturday.