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No. 5 Babson Tops Field Hockey, 6-1, In NEWMAC Opener

No. 5 Babson Tops Field Hockey, 6-1, In NEWMAC Opener

Babson Park, Mass. - September 21, 2018 - Despite Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) scoring her nation-leading 14th goal of the season, the Springfield College field hockey team was defeated by fifth-ranked Babson College, 6-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Friday night at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which has won three straight games, improves to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Springfield drops to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) scored twice and finished with a career-high five points, junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) had a goal and an assist, while seniors Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) and Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and junior Carla DiBiase(Winchester, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Senior Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) added one assist and first-goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) earned her seventh win without making a save.

Conley scored late in the second half for the Pride, which led Division III in scoring at more than six goals per game entering the night. Senior Emmalie Drake (Pittsfield, Mass.) turned away 12 shots.

 The Green and White jumped on top less than six minutes into the contest when Gilman jammed home the rebound after Patricia Murphy's (Wilbraham, Mass.) defensive save on the goal line for a 1-0 lead. Greer doubled the advantage in the 13th minute by converting a centering feed from Roche following a turnover, and then made it 3-0 when she knocked home a rebound in front at the 16:24 mark.

DiBiase notched her sixth goal of the year five minutes into the second half for a four-goal advantage. Roche laid out to tip in a rebound at the back post just over four minutes later and Drakeley ripped a shot past Drake to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the night at 6-0 with 19:55 to go in regulation.

Springfield broke up the shutout in the 58th minute when Conley gained possession of the ball in the middle of the circle and pushed a shot through traffic and past Riley for her nation-leading 14th goal of the year. 

Springfield will travel to the Berkshires on Wednesday night for a showdown with Williams beginning at 6 pm. 

Photo by John Inkel