BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Connecticut College field hockey team fell to No. 14 Babson by a 2-1 score in its season opener at MacDowell Field on Tuesday evening.
Sophomore Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) provided an early spark for the Camels by taking a pass from senior captain Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) and rocketing a shot to the back of the cage from the right side of the circle just 7:40 into the contest. Despite being outshot by an 11-6 margin, the visitors held their ground for the first 30 minutes and carried a 1-0 advantage into the recess.
Babson, however, battled back in the second half and finally got one past sophomore Camel netminder Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter to tie the score when Torri Roche tapped in a pass from Kate Driscoll. The tally shifted the momentum for the remainder of the half to the Beavers, who did not allow Connecticut College to attempt a shot on target over the final 30 minutes of action. Following a third straight penalty corner, Millie Brady broke the tie with just under seven minutes remaining by dribbling in from the top of the arc and sliding the ball past Mountford and to the left post.
The Camels threatened to pull even in the wanining by attempting three corners of their own in a 90-second stretch, but they were unable to sneak one past Cassidy Riley. A bid by Pollinger in the 56th minute was blocked, and the Beavers eventually survived to win their first game of the young season.
Riley picked up the victory for Babson (1-1), which had a 22-9 advantage in total shots and a 9-8 edge in penalty corners, by making two stops. The Camels' Mountford turned away 10 shots in the setback.
Connecticut College (0-1) will begin NESCAC play when it travels to Colby on Saturday afternoon for a 12 p.m. matinee.