Roche's OT Winner Helps Beavers' Extend the Nation's Longest Winning Streak to 16 Games
MEDFORD, Mass.—Sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored 6:08 into overtime to lift sixth-ranked Babson College to a 3-2 win over second-ranked Tufts University in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday at Ounjinan Field.
Babson, which extended the nation's longest road winning streak to 16 games, is now 5-0 on the year. Tufts, which saw its eight-game home winning streak come to an end, is 1-1 overall.
Roche also contributed an assist for the Beavers, who got goals from fellow sophomores Carla DiBiase (Winchester, Mass.) and Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.). Junior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) recorded the 26th assist of her career, while sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) finished with a career-high nine saves.
Seniors Mary Travers (Princeton, N.J.) and Celia Lewis (Houston, Texas) both scored for the Jumbos, who got one save from junior Emily Polinski (East Brunswick, N.J.).
The Green and White took the lead less than nine minutes into the contest when DiBiase buried a centering feed from Roche for her third tally of the year. Barry made three first-half stops to keep the Beavers in front, and Driscoll added to the advantage in the 32nd minute with her third goal of the season.
Barry made two more saves over the first 20 minutes of the second half before Tufts cut its deficit in half on Travers' goal at the 58:10 mark. The Jumbos then took advantage of back-to-back penalty corners when Lewis blasted sophomore Marguerite Salamone's (Yardley, Pa.) insert through a crowd to tie the game with 8:47 remaining.
Barry kept the game deadlocked with four saves over the final eight minutes, and Babson had a bit of good fortune as Lewis' bid to go in front hit the post with 2:43 left. Tufts had a goal called back nearly five minutes into the extra session, setting the stage for Roche's game winner off a centering pass from Tango in the 77th minute.
The Jumbos finished with a 19-9 edge in shots and a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts MIT to open conference play at 11:30 a.m., while Tufts takes on Connecticut College at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers have won two of their last three meetings with Tufts with both wins coming in Medford.
• Babson has won 35 straight games when leading at halftime and when scoring three or more goals.
• The Green and White is 2-0 this season and 7-2 going back to the start of the 2015 campaign against nationally-ranked foes.
• Babson is 24-1 in September since 2015.
• Prior to making nine stops on Tuesday, Barry's career high for saves in a game was four on five occasions.