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Babson Holds Off Field Hockey, 5-4, In NEWMAC Championship Quarterfinals

Linnea Quist Box Score

Babson Park, Mass. - November 5, 2013 - Despite a second-half rally that was fueled by three Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) goals, the Springfield College field hockey team was defeated by Babson College, 5-4, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The fifth-seeded Pride's season comes to a close with a 6-12 record, as tonight marked the ninth time this season that Springfield was defeated by a one-goal margin.

Babson is now 11-8 on the season and advances to Saturday’s NEWMAC Tournament semifinals for an 11 a.m. match at top-seeded Wellesley College (15-3).

Senior Morgan Lockwood (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and first-years Kelsi McDougle (Hopedale, Mass.) and Victoria Spofford (Merrimac, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers. McDougle and sophomore Elizabeth Holmes (Southborough, Mass.) both chipped in with an assist.

Other than Quist, the Pride also got a tally from senior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.). Senior Hayden Riley (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and sophomores Libby Hart (Chatham, Mass.) and Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) each had an assist.

Lockwood opened the scoring for Babson 20:40 into the first half, collecting her team-leading 15th goal of the season off a feed from Holmes. Springfield first-year goalkeeper Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.) made an initial save on a shot by Beavers’ senior Alex Cabreros (San Diego, Calif.), but Holmes pounced on the rebound and fed Lockwood, who slid a shot inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.

Julia Pochini (Acton, Mass.) followed with her first tally of the night just 2:08 later, converting a cross from McDougle with a shot inside the right post to put the Green and White in front 2-0. Babson attempted six of its eight penalty corners in the opening 35 minutes, and outshot Springfield 9-3 in the opening half.

The Beavers two-goal advantage quickly dissipated following the break, as the Pride scored twice in the opening 3:55 of the second half to level the game. Quist converted a pass from Cabral at the 36:58 mark, and Gallo then tied the game at 38:55, tipping home a pass from Quist.

The hosts came right back, though, using three goals in the span of 6:18 to take command of the game. McDougle scored her third of the season at the 40:30 mark and Pochini followed with her career-high 10th of the season at 42:50 to help Babson match its biggest lead of the game at 4-2. Spofford then capped the run, converting her second marker of the season following a scramble in front of the cage to give the Beavers a 5-2 lead at the 46:48 mark.

Kayla Florence (Milton, Mass.) made all nine of her second half saves over the final 19:30, including six stops inside the final five minutes of the game after Quist had pulled Springfield back within 5-3. She stopped three shots in the span of 17 seconds with just under four minutes remaining, and despite another Quist tally with 38 seconds remaining, helped Babson hold on for the victory.

Barrasso made eight saves on the night for Springfield.

The Beavers held a slim 18-17 advantage in shots, although the Pride had a 14-9 edge over the final 35 minutes. Springfield attempted 10 of its 15 penalty corners after halftime.

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