Blue Field Hockey Falls to Babson; Sullivan Makes Career-High 12 Saves

Junior goalkeeper Janelle Sullivan made a career-high 12 saves. (Adam Richins)
Junior goalkeeper Janelle Sullivan made a career-high 12 saves. (Adam Richins)

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and surpassed 100 career points as No. 19 Babson College cruised to a 5-1 New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Wellesley College field hockey on Tuesday afternoon at Butler Stadium. 

Babson remains undefeated at 4-0 in NEWMAC play, while improving to 9-3 overall. The Blue, who got a career-high 12 saves from junior goalkeeper Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Pa.), drop to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. 

Sophomores Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.), Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.), and Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) also scored for the Beavers, who finished the contest with a 20-3 advantage in shots and a 12-4 edge in penalty corner chances. Following a scoreless first period, the Beavers scored on back-to-back penalty corners to take a 2-0 lead before halftime. 

Brady scored the first Babson goal, finishing down low on an assist from junior Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) following the insertion from Curley at 20:49. Greer made the score 2-0 at 23:33, redirecting a blast from the top of the circle off the stick of first year Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario) and into the Wellesley cage. 

Roche potted her first of the game with an unassisted effort 23 seconds into the second half to increase the Babson lead to 3-0. However, the Blue answered back at 40:07, as sophomore Maddie Bettencourt (Virginia Beach, Va.) snuck one past Babson sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) to bring the score to 3-1. Riley made one save in the game to improve to 8-3-0 overall. 

The Beavers increased their lead to 4-1 as Roche added her second goal of the game off a quick redirect from Diamond after a save by Sullivan. Curley sealed the game on a set up from Greer with a swift shot to the back of the cage to make it 5-1 at 54:42. 

Both teams continue the NEWMAC season on Saturday, October 12, at 12:00 PM. Wellesley will welcome Seven Sisters rival Mount Holyoke and Babson will host Clark.