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Game Preview: No. 17 Field Hockey vs. No. 16 Bates

Game Preview: No. 17 Field Hockey vs. No. 16 Bates

No. 17 Field Hockey vs. No. 16 Bates
Tuesday, October 24 | 6:30 p.m.
UNE Blue Bolt Field | Biddeford, Maine

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 8-12 all-time against Bates in a series that dates back to 1987.
• The Beavers have dropped six consecutive matches in the series, including four in a row by a single goal and each of the last three matches in overtime.
• Babson is looking for its first win over Bates in the state of Maine since 2011.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Grace Fitzgerald since 7:18 into overtime to lift Bates to a 3-2 win over the Beavers on September 26, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Senior Tori Roche and sophomore Quinn Greer both scored for the Beavers, who led 1-0 at halftime.
• Taylor Lough and sophomore Bridget Thompson both had goals for the Bobcats, who got five saves from Adelae Durand.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
• No. 16 Bates (8-4) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end in a 1-0 loss at then-No. 8 Williams on Saturday.
• Grace Biddle made four second-half saves for the Bobcats, who fell behind in the sixth minute and were outshot 12-2 by the Ephs.
• Emily Gianuzio (5-0-10) and Riley Burns (4-2-10) have combined to score five game-winning goals this fall, while Fitzgerald (2-4-8) leads the team in assists.
• Biddle and Ellie Bauer, who has started all 12 games, have combined to post a 1.08 goals against average and a .772 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 17 Babson (13-3) has won eight straight games and is coming off a 5-0 victory over Wheaton on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Lauren Curley scored twice and Roche, junior Maddy Paro and sophomore Millie Brady each added a goal for the Beavers, who led 3-0 at halftime.
• Roche (12-2-26) has scored in five of the last six games, Curley (11-1-23) leads the team with three game-winning goals, and Brady (6-5-17) is first on the squad in assists.
• Sophomore Cassidy Riley has started all 16 games and boasts a 0.77 goals against average and a .829 save percentage to go along with five shutouts.

LEADING SCORERS LEADING THE WAY
• Babson's top four scorers, a group that includes Roche, Curley, Brady and Paro, have combined for 24 goals and 10 assists during the current eight-game winning streak.

DOWN TO THE WIRE
• Six of the Beavers' nine non-conference games this fall have been decided by a single goal.
• The Green and White is 5-1 in the games decided by one goal, which includes three 1-0 victories.

LIFE ON THE ROAD
• Babson enters Thursday's contest having won six consecutive games away from home while outscoring its opponents 24-4.
• The Green and White is 8-1 on the road this year and 15-2 going back to the start of last season with the only losses coming at then-No. 1 Middlebury (2-1) last September and at then-fifth-ranked Tufts (1-0) back on September 25 of this year.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 28-3 in the month of October since 2016 with two of the losses coming at the hands of Bates.

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