By Tyler Browne
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Springfield College field hockey team will continue their quest for the NEWMAC title. To do so, they will have to travel to No. 1 Babson and take on the Beavers in the NEWMAC Semifinal round.
The Pride are coming off a big game on Tuesday, where they defeated Wellesley by a score of 2-1. Kyra Ashe scored both of the Pride’s goals in the contest, which was also the 200th career win for head coach Melissa Sharpe.
Earlier in the season, the Pride were defeated 4-0 by the Beavers. Ever since, their goal has been to turn the tables on Babson.
“[Beating Babson has] been a revenge goal the whole season so we’re really excited with the win,” Sharpe said.
Babson finished their season with a 17-3 record. They have not lost a single NEWMAC game, and their status as the No. 1 seed gave them a bye from the Quarterfinals.
Babson forward Lauren Curley, a sophomore, was named the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. She leads the Beavers in goals scored (19) and points (41) this season. The Beavers also saw strong seasons from Tori Roche, who scored 17 goals and 39 points, and Millie Brady, with six goals and 23 points.
It will be a tough challenge for the Pride to go into Babson and come out victorious in such a high-stakes game, but Ashe has faith in her teammates.
“We need to have everyone come with their A-game, 100 percent, and just be ready to play,” she said. “We need everyone confident that we can beat Babson.”
Sharpe is also confident in the ability of her team to win.
“It’s going to be a game of passing and receptions and just executing on corners when we get those opportunities, so it’s small things in the game, but if we do them well, it’ll make a big difference for us.”
Both the Pride and the Beavers have strong enough teams to win and advance to the NEWMAC Championship, but only one will emerge victorious on Thursday and get there.
Photo courtesy of Helen Lucas