Babson Park, Mass. - November 7, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team was defeated by Babson, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals.
Playing in the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals for the third-consecutive season, the fourth-seeded Pride had its season come to a close with an 11-8 record. Babson, who was once again the top-seed in the tournament and ranked 15th in the nation in the most recent NFHCA Division III Poll, improved to 18-3.
For the game, Babson owned a 26-8 edge in shots, including by a 17-3 margin in the second half. Additionally, the Beavers took eight of the game's 12 penalty corners.
Just 6:09 in the contest, the Beavers struck for the game's first goal as Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) slipped in an unassisted goal. Springfield was able to sustain heavy offensive pressure in the first quarter and appeared poised to go into the second quarter trailing 1-0, only to have Mille Bradley (Far Hills, N.J.) beat her defender to the goal line and have her low-angle shot skip just inside the back post.
Curley pushed the hosts advantage to 3-0 at the 16:16 mark of the second quarter on a beautiful goal as she flicked in a back handed strike into the top shelf of the cage. Springfield was able to respond just over three minutes later, as Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) sent a bid towards the cage that Audrey Bresciano (Greenfield, Mass.) was able to poke home.
Babson would eventually take a 4-1 lead into the halftime break when Curley was able to connect with Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) for a goal in the 23rd minute.
Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) would complete the scoring for the hosts on a pair of unassisted goals in the third quarter, scoring in the 33rd and 42nd minute, en route to the 6-1 triumph.
Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) was charged the loss as she made three saves in 35:46 minutes of action, while Gwen Smith (Westfield, Mass.) allowed just one goal in the final 24:14 thanks to seven saves. Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) totaled three saves in the win.
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