Beavers Extend Winning Streak to Eight with Rout of Lyons
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Four players recorded a goal and sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) stopped three shots as 17th-ranked Babson College defeated visiting Wheaton College, 5-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With its eighth consecutive win, Babson (13-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) became the first program in league history to clinch a share of its fifth consecutive regular season conference title. Wheaton dropped its fifth straight game to fall to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored twice and senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.), junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) each added a goal for the Beavers. Paro also chipped in with an assist to record her second consecutive multi-point game.
Senior goalkeeper Morgan Karnes (Durham, Maine) turned away 12 shots, while sophomores Courtney Foley (Norfolk, Mass.) and Becca Harmon (Farmington, Maine) both registered defensive saves for the Lyons.
The Green and White took the lead just 2:05 into the contest when Brady blasted a shot past Karnes from the left side of the arc following a penalty corner for her sixth goal of the season. Karnes stopped six shots and Wheaton defenders cleared two other scoring chances out of danger before Curley broke the game open with a pair of goals just 66 seconds apart late in the second quarter.
She jammed home the rebound of a shot by Paro with 2:58 to go in the period and then swept a shot through traffic in front of the cage for her 11th marker of year with 1:52 to go until halftime. Paro converted her third penalty stroke of the season with 0:06 remaining in the third quarter, and Roche capped the scoring with her team-leading 12th goal of the season 1:48 into the fourth.
The Beavers outshot the Lyons 29-4 and attempted 10 of the 11 penalty corners in the match.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Biddeford, Maine, to face No. 16 Bates at 6:30 p.m., while Wheaton hosts Springfield on Saturday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 24-12-1 all-time against Wheaton and have won 10 of the last 11 matches between the programs.
• Roche has scored in 17 straight NEWMAC regular season games going back to 2017.
• Babson has outscored its opponents 26-3 over the first three quarters of its current eight-game winning streak.
• The Beavers have now won 33 straight conference regular season games going back to 2015.