NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College field hockey team dropped its season opener to No. 7 Babson by a 3-1 decision on Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
The Camels were able to withstand Babson's attack for more than 20 minutes. But after the Beavers failed to capitalize on six penalty corners and several other opportunities, Tori Roche tipped in a ball that was sent in by Catherine Gilman to put the guests on the scoreboard. Roche then set up Ashley Tango to double the margin, and the Beavers took a 2-0 lead into the break.
In the final minutes of regulation, Lauren Curley redirected a Roche ball for her first career marker to make it 3-0 in favor of the visitors. Sophomore Abby King (Canton, Mass.) scored her first-ever goal as a collegian by redirecting a feed from senior Jamie Navoni (Northborough, Mass.), but the Camels would not be able to trim down the deficit any more and settled for the two-goal defeat.
Cassidy Riley turned away two shots to pick up the win for Babson (3-0), while sophomore Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) and freshman Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) each played a half and made two stops apiece for the Camels. Junior Courtney Peyko (Grand Isle, Vt.) also made a defensive save to help keep the hosts competitive.
Connecticut College (0-1) will host its second straight nationally-ranked opponent when it entertains No. 1 Middlebury at Silfen Field on Saturday at noon.