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Fifth-Seeded Field Hockey Falls to Top-Seeded Babson, 7-3 in NEWMAC Semifinals

Fifth-Seeded Field Hockey Falls to Top-Seeded Babson, 7-3 in NEWMAC Semifinals

Babson Park, Mass. - November 4, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey registered three goals in the second half but fell to nationally-ranked Babson College, 7-3, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday morning at MacDowell Field on the campus of Babson College. 

With the loss, Springfield College closes its 2017 campaign with a record of 13-8, while Babson improves to 17-3 on the year and will advance to take on the winner of second-seeded MIT and sixth-seeded Wellesley College, which plays at 2 p.m.

Senior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) registered three points in the contest on a goal and an assist, finishing the season with 61 points, one shy of the Springfield College field hockey program record of 62, set by head coach Melissa (Rogers) Sharpe in 2001. 

In net for the Pride, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with 12 saves, while her counterpart, Deirdre Berry (Longmeadow, Mass.) made four stops in the victory. The Beavers held a 32-12 shot advantage over 70 minutes of play, while the hosts also held a 9-2 margin in penalty corners.

It was back-and-forth play to begin the contest, but Babson got on the board with 12:15 to play on a goal from Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.), which sparked a four-goal run for the Beavers across 6:58, giving the hosts a 4-0 lead. With 38 seconds to play in the opening stanza, Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) notched her 15th of the season to give Babson a 5-0 lead at the halftime break.

Opening second-half action, Julie Mortimer (Spencer, Mass.) found the back of the net to make it 6-0, before Kennedy answered with a goal of her own with 20:20 to play to make it 6-1, Babson. After Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) pushed the Beavers' lead back to six, Springfield College snuck two in in the final 15 minutes, as Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) both scored to make it 7-3 before game's end.