Springfield, Mass. - September 24, 2016 - Sophomore goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered a career-best 16 saves, as the Springfield College field hockey program suffered a 2-0 setback to the Babson College Beavers on Saturday evening at Stagg Field.
With the win, Babson, which was ranked No. 8 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Rankings, improves to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while the Pride evens its record at 4-4 on the year, including an 0-2 mark in league play.
Babson held a 32-5 shot advantage throughout the course of the contest, as the green and white put 20 of their 32 shots on net. The Beavers were also awarded 15 penalty corners to the Pride's five. For Babson, first-year goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) made three stops and picked up her eighth win of the year. Sophomore Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) led the Pride with three shots in the game, including two shots on net over 70 minutes of play.
The Beavers got on the board just 6:52 into the contest when junior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) controlled a rebound following a shot from sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.), and found the back of the net to give the Beavers an early 1-0 lead.
With 13:18 remaining in the stanza, Babson extended its lead to a pair when senior midfielder Kelsi McDougle (Hopedale, Mass.) gained possession of the ball along the left side and drove towards the cage along the end line, before sliding a last-second pass across the goal mouth, that junior forward Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.) tipped into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Beavers.
The Beavers had plenty of chances in the second half, but the Springfield College defense was able to keep Babson at bay, benefitting from the spectacular play of Drake.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Williams College for a 6 p.m. contest with the Ephs on Wednesday, September 28. Williams was receiving votes in the latest national rankings.