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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final
No. 15 Field Hockey vs. MIT
Saturday, September 21 | 12:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

• Babson is 29-17 all-time against MIT in a series that dates back to 1984.
• The Beavers have won seven of their last nine matches versus the Engineers although both losses have come in the conference tournament.

• Babson and MIT will meet for the fourth year in a row and 10th time overall in the conference playoffs on Saturday.
• The Beavers are 2-7 in NEWMAC Tournament play against the Engineers but both wins came in the conference tournament final.
• Each of the last four postseason games between the teams have been decided by a single goal.

• Senior Kate Driscoll and sophomore Lauren Curley both scored late in the first quarter to help the Beavers defeat MIT, 4-1, on September 21 in Babson Park.
• Senior Tori Roche and sophomore Millie Brady tacked on fourth-quarter markers for Babson, which got five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley.
• First-year Paige Forester scored early in the second quarter for the Engineers, who got five saves from junior Grace Moore.

• MIT (12-4, 7-1 NEWMAC) is making its fourth straight conference championship game appearance after defeating third-seeded WPI, 4-1, on Thursday.
• Seniors Devon Goetz and Taylor Grey both scored twice for the Engineers, who used three third-quarter goals to pull away for their eighth consecutive victory.
• Forester (20-4-44) ranks third in the league in points, junior Amanda Garofalo (13-2-28) has scored six game-winning goals, and Goetz (8-11-27) is tied for the NEWMAC lead in assists.
• Moore has started all 16 games and owns a 1.60 goals against average and a .760 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.

• No. 15 Babson (18-3, 8-0 NEWMAC) is back in the conference tournament final for the third time in four years following a 6-1 rout of fourth-seeded Springfield on Thursday.
• Driscoll and Curley both scored twice for the Beavers, who led 4-1 at halftime on the way to matching a program record with their 13th straight victory.
• Curley (21-4-46) lead the league in goals, Roche (18-5-41) has scored in nine straight games against NEWMAC foes, and Brady (7-11-25) is tied for the conference lead in assists.
• Riley has started all 21 matches and boasts a 0.83 goals against average and a .813 save percentage to go along with six shutouts.

• The Green and White, which has won four consecutive NEWMAC regular season titles, is seeking its first conference tournament crown since 2016.
• The team that has scored the first goal of the game has gone on to win eight straight matches between Babson and MIT.
• With both the Beavers (2nd) and Engineers (3rd) coming in behind Endicott in the latest NCAA regional rankings, it's likely that only Saturday's winner will reach the NCAA Tournament.

• Babson tied a school record set back in 2015 with its 13th victory in a row on Thursday night.
• The Beavers have won their last five games at home since suffering a 2-0 loss to then-No. 1 Middlebury back on September 15.
• Curley has scored in seven consecutive games, a stretch that has seen her produced 13 goals.
• The Green and White has won its last 15 games on Saturday going back to the 2017 NEWMAC semifinals.

• Roche now ranks fifth in program history with 54 career goals and is sixth on Babson's all-time list with 122 points.
• Only Deirdre Barry (20 games, 2016) and Elissa Slovin (19 games, 2005) have recorded more victories in a season that Riley's 18 this fall.
• Riley's 0.83 goals against average also is currently the third lowest mark in single-season program history behind just Kayla Costa's 0.50 GAA in 2015 and Barry's 0.68 in 2016.

• The Beavers are 15-0 this season and have lost just once in their last 45 games when scoring at least two goals.