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No. 17 Field Hockey Blanks No. 16 Bates for Ninth Straight Win, 2-0

No. 17 Field Hockey Blanks No. 16 Bates for Ninth Straight Win, 2-0

BIDDEFORD, Maine—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored a pair of second-quarter goals and 17th-ranked Babson College used a strong defensive effort to shutout 16th-ranked Bates College, 2-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Thursday night at Blue Bolt Field.

With its ninth straight victory, Babson improves to 14-3 overall, while Bates drops to 8-5 on the year with its second consecutive loss.

Sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) recorded her team-leading sixth assist for the Beavers, who got four saves from fellow sophomore Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.). Senior Haley Pesce (Roxbury, Conn.) also registered one defensive save.

Sophomore Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) made two first-half saves and first-year Grace Biddle (State College, Pa.) stopped one shot in the second half for the Bobcats.

Curley opened the scoring less than four minutes into the second quarter when she intercepted a pass at the 25-yard line and carried the ball into the arc before firing a shot inside the right post to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead. The Beavers doubled their advantage just under five minutes later when Curley buried a feed from Brady at the near post after starting the penalty corner for her team-leading 13th goal.

After being limited to just two shots over the first two quarters, Bates piled up six corners and 10 shots in the third. Babson's backline of Pesce, junior Ellie Bisceglia (Kenilworth, Ill.), sophomore Mackenzie Larson (Madison, Conn.) and first-year Meara Hanyon (Brodheadsville, Pa.) blocked four shots and got a defensive save from Pesce over the final two-plus minutes of the frame, in addition to two stops from Riley, who denied senior Grace Fitzgerald's (Larchmont, N.Y.) blast from the left wing with 19 seconds to go in the period.

Riley made a blocker save on first-year Paige Cote (Auburn, Maine) with just over eight minutes to play in the fourth and the Beavers' defense blocked two more shots over the final six minutes to preserve the shutout.

The Bobcats outshot the Green and White 16-10 and finished with a 10-3 edge in corners.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts WPI at 12 p.m., while Bates takes on Amherst at 11 a.m.

• The Beavers are 9-12 all-time against Bates and picked up their first win in the series since 2012 on Thursday night.
• Curley has produced two straight multi-goal games and now scored eight times over the last six contests.
• Riley, who recorded her third shutout in the last four matches, is now fourth on Babson's all-time list with 12 career shutouts.
• The Beavers have won their last 15 games in the month of October.