Springfield, Mass. - September 28, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team opened up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Stagg Field and was bested by No. 18 Babson, 4-0, on Saturday.
Playing a nationally-ranked opponent for the second-straight contest, Springfield dropped to 6-3, 1-0. It marked Springfield's sixth-consecutive home game as Babson improved to 6-3, 2-0.
For the game, Babson owned a 23-8 advantage in shots and an 11-6 edge in penalty corners
Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) put together the best game of her collegiate career, totaling a career-best 11 saves, as she played the first three quarters. Cassidy Riley was credited with four saves in the win.
After Morehouse made a sensational diving safe on Maddy Paro with 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Beavers were awarded a penalty stroke when the ball was covered up. Paro stepped up and slipped a shot into the back of the cage to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage after 15 minutes of play.
Springfield came out of halftime break and controlled much of the possession, with Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) having a tremendous scoring opportunity at the 10:04 mark, only to have her bid off a penalty corner be kicked away by Riley. However, Babson managed a pair of goals just 2:50 apart to open up a 3-0 cushion. Tori Roche converted in front for an unassisted marker at 40:06 before Lauren Curley found the back of the cage at 42:56.
Just under two minutes into the fourth, Grace Levansavich (Auburn, Mass.) managed to get around her defender and was in all alone from 30 yards out on a breakaway, but Riley charged off her line to keep the hosts off the scoreboard. The Beavers added another insurance goal with 6:46 remaining in regulation as Roche carried the ball down the right flank and blistered a centering pass which Brianne McGrath hammered in while on the run.
The Pride will hit the road for the first time since September 7 when it travels to face Mount Holyoke in a NEWMAC contest slated for 7 pm.
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