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No. 19 Field Hockey Fights Off Clark for Fifth Straight Win, 3-1

No. 19 Field Hockey Fights Off Clark for Fifth Straight Win, 3-1

Beavers Extend NEWMAC Regular Season Winning Streak to 31 Games, Clinch Conference Tournament Berth

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored a pair of goals to help 19th-ranked Babson College defeat visiting Clark University, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fifth straight win, Babson improves to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Clark slips to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC with its third straight loss. The Beavers also became the first team to secure a berth into next month's conference tournament with the victory.

Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist for Babson. Classmate Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) also chipped in with an assist and sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made four saves for her 10th win.

Junior Cheyanne Zappala (Laconia, N.H.) had a goal and sophomore Emma Boland (Redding, Conn.) contributed an assist for the Cougars. Junior Katie Crowley (Bolton, Mass.) made five first-half saves before giving way to sophomore Grace Sawyer (Windham, Maine), who turned away five shots over the final 30 minutes.

The Green and White jumped on top in the closing seconds of the first quarter as Curley worked the ball into the circle and found Roche, who slipped a shot past the charging Crowley and inside the back post for her team-leading 10th goal of the fall. The Beavers beat the clock again in the second quarter as Curley made it 2-0 at the 29:59 mark.

Driscoll collected a feed along the right sideline from Roche and pushed it past a defender before sliding a centering pass to Curley, who touched it past the diving Crowley to beat the buzzer.

Clark earned three penalty corners over the first seven minutes of the third quarter and their work paid off when Zappala notched her second goal of the year with a blast from the top of the arc to make it 2-1. Riley made her final save of the game on Zappala late in the period and Curley gave Babson some breathing room with her second tally of the day, redirecting Roche's centering pass for a 3-1 lead with 11:54 to play.

The Beavers outshot the Cougars 24-6 in the game and finished with an 8-4 edge in corners.

Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Wesleyan at 1 p.m., while Clark hosts Becker on Thursday at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 19-15-2 all-time against Clark and have won the last 16 games between the teams going back to 2004.
• Saturday's victory was the 31st in a row in regular season conference play for Babson.
• Roche has now scored at least one goal in 15 straight NEWMAC regular season matches going back to 2017.
• Babson has won 11 straight games in the month of October dating back to last year.

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