Field Hockey

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No. 18 Field Hockey Falls to No. 1 Middlebury, 2-0

No. 18 Field Hockey Falls to No. 1 Middlebury, 2-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Top-ranked Middlebury College scored a pair of first-quarter goals on the way to defeating No. 18 Babson College, 2-0, in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, dips to 4-2 on the year, while two-time defending national champion Middlebury improves to 5-0.

Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made four saves and first-year Meara Hanyon (Broadheadsville, Pa.) recorded a pair of defensive saves for the Beavers.

Junior Meg Fearey (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior Julia Richards (Newtown Square, Pa.) each had a goal for the Panthers, who got five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Grace Harlan (Groton, Mass.).

Riley came charging out of the crease to deny a breakaway attempt by Middlebury first-year Katie George (North Kingstown, R.I.) just 43 seconds into the contest, while Hanlon kicked away a close-range shot by Beavers' sophomore Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) in the sixth minute to keep the game deadlocked. The Panthers jumped on top at the 8:41 mark of the first quarter when Fearey scored her second goal of the season following a scramble in front of the cage. Hanyon made a pair of defensive saves, but Fearey pulled the ball out of traffic and jammed a shot inside the right post to make it 1-0.

The Panthers doubled their advantage less than five minutes later when Richards cleaned up the rebound of a shot by senior Kelly Coyle (Cranbury, N.J.) for her first marker of the year. Hanlon made a kick save on Babson senior Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) six minutes into the second quarter, and made back-to-back stops on seniors Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.) in the first minute of the fourth to help Middlebury maintain its two-goal advantage.

The Beavers had one more late chance to get on the scoreboard after sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) intercepted a pass deep in Panther territory, but her breakway attempt was denied thank to a sliding save by Harlan with 1:14 to play in the game.

Middlebury held a 14-8 edge in shots, while the Beavers finished with a slim 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.

Both teams return to action next Saturday as Babson hosts MIT in its NEWMAC opener at 12 p.m., while Middlebury takes on Hamilton at 11 a.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 1-7 all-time against Middlebury.
• Babson was blanked on Sunday for the first time since a 1-0 NCAA Tournament loss to Husson in 2017 – a stretch that spanned 26 games.
• Prior to Sunday the Beavers had allowed just one first-quarter goal over its first five matches.

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