BABSON CENTER, Mass. - #14 Babson College used a pair of third-quarter goals to defeat Saint Joseph's College (18-4), 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA DIII Field Hockey Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, Babson advances to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and will play at #2 Middlebury College on Saturday at 11:00 AM. For the Monks, the loss signals the end of the 2019 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a scoreless and mostly even first half, the Beavers managed to score twice in the third frame to put the Monks away. Babson kicked off the game scoring with a beautiful reverse chip shot off the stick of Millie Brady on a corner attempt just 2:46 into the penultimate period.
The hosts capped the scoring ledger when Tori Roche tipped in a high pass just inside the right post on a left-to-right pass from Lauren Curley with only 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Monks' best bid to score came at the 49:53 mark when sophomore Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) steered a shot on frame on a penalty corner attempt. Babson keeper Cassidy Riley kicked the shot away to preserve the shutout.
SJC junior goalie Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) made three saves in the setback while Babson netminder Cassidy Riley turned away a pair of shots in the shutout performance.
The Beavers held the lead in shots (6-4), shots on goal (5-2), and penalty corners (3-2) on the afternoon.
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 0-2 all-time versus Babson College with both setbacks happening this season. The Beavers tipped the Monks by a 1-0 score in Standish on September 7th.
The setback signals the end of collegiate field hockey for the Monks' three seniors: Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine), Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine), and Kylee Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine). The 2020 senior class helped Saint Joseph's win four GNAC Championships while posting a 66-19 (.777) overall record, including a 25-2 (.926) mark in GNAC play, during their time on the turf.