NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Franklin & Marshall

NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Franklin & Marshall

NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 7 Field Hockey vs. No. 8 Franklin & Marshall
Sunday, November 13—1 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES

Babson and Franklin & Marshall will meet for the first time on Sunday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of Sunday's match will earn a berth in the Division III Final Four, which will be held next weekend at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.

SCOUTING THE DIPLOMATS
No. 8 Franklin & Marshall (16-4) is making its first national quarterfinal appearance since 1992 after defeating fifth-ranked TCNJ, 1-0, in overtime on Saturday afternoon. Junior Sydney Cole scored 2:23 into the extra session, while sophomore goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo made four saves for the Diplomats. Senior Melanie Consiglio (12-2-26) and first-year Erin Coverdale (10-3-23) have combined to score six game-winning goals, and sophomore Emily Nagle (8-4-20) is tied for third on the team in assists. Santangelo entered the weekend ranked 14th in goals against average (0.93) and owns a .786 save percentage to go along with seven shutouts in 20 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 7 Babson (20-2) reached the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history with a 3-0 victory over St. John Fisher on Saturday afternoon. Junior Elise Towers and sophomore Ashley Tango both finished with a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who set a new school record for wins in a season. Tango (17-13-47) entered the weekend ranked 13th nationally in assists per game, while Towers (19-7-45) and fellow junior Jacki Merrigan (10-4-24) have combined to score seven game-winning goals. Senior Kelsi McDougle (2-10-14), who scored Babson's first goal on Saturday, is second on the team in assists and first-year goalkeeper Deirdre Barry ranks first in Division III in goals against average (0.50) and has a .756 save percentage to go along with 11 shutouts in 21 starts.

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
The Beavers' 14 shutouts this fall are a new single-season program record and are also the most in Division III. Additionally, the Green and White has gone 19-0 on the year when holding its opponents to one goal or less.

HOME COOKING
Babson has won six consecutive games at home and is 10-2 this season and 18-3 over the last two year at MacDowell Field.

FIRST HALF FIREWORKS
The Green and White has outscored its opponents 36-2 in the first half this season and has won 31 consecutive matches when leading at halftime.

UNCHARTED TERRITORY
In addition to playing in its first national quarterfinal and facing Franklin & Marshall for the first time, Babson has faced just one Centennial Conference opponent in the program's 34-year history. The Beavers defeated Johns Hopkins, 3-2, on September 10, 2011.

HISTORIC HAPPENINGS
Field hockey can become the first women's program and Babson's fourth program overall along with men's soccer, ice hockey and basketball to reach the Final Four with a win on Sunday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 18-1 this season and have won 37 of their last 38 matches when scoring two goals or more going back to 2014.

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