Babson Park, Mass. - November 4, 2014 - The fifth-seeded Springfield College field hockey team had its season come to a close after a 1-0 loss to fourth-seeded Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey quarterfinal on Tuesday night at MacDowell Field.
First-year Elise Towers (Cicero, N.Y.) scored at the 20:12 mark of the first half and junior goalkeeper Kayla Costa (Watertown, Mass.) made it stand up with six saves for the hosts. With its fourth straight win, Babson is now 12-9 overall and advances to the conference tournament semifinals for the fifth consecutive season. Springfield sees its season come to a close at 9-9.
Despite getting outshot 9-2 over the opening 35 minutes, the Beavers made the most of their limited scoring chances. Senior Caroline Malone (Walpole, Mass.) collected a long pass on the left flank and sent a feed in front for Towers, who as able to get her stick on the ball to beat the Pride junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) for the only goal of the night just over 20 minutes into the contest.
Springfield attempted eight first-half penalty corners, including back-to-back opportunities with no time remaining before the break. Senior Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) had one shot blocked and another denied by Costa before earning a penalty stroke on the final play of the period. She lifted her attempt wide though, as it hit off the outside of the left post to keep the Green and White in front.
After coming away with no shots on a pair of corners to start the second half, the Pride's best opportunities to even the game came in the closing minutes. Costa made a stop on junior Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y) in the 64th minute, and junior Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) lofted a shot just over the top of the goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Costa followed that with one final save on Gill 35 seconds later before the Beavers were able to clear the ball and secure the victory.
Villa finished with two saves for Springfield, which held a 14-6 edge in shots and 13-9 advantage in penalty corners for the game.