BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Connecticut College field hockey team dropped its season opener by a 4-1 score to No. 5 Babson on Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.
Connecticut College (0-1) got on the scoreboard in the blink of an eye when freshman Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) capitalized on a feed from junior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) just 40 seconds into the contest. The Beavers, however, recovered and rattled off three unanswered before the end of the half. Ashley Tango set up all of the markers during the hot stretch by finding Kate Driscoll, Jacki Merrigan and Tori Roche over a span of 6:51.
The Camels made a strong effort to chip away at the deficit by unleashing five shots over the final 12 minutes of the first half, but Babson netminder Deidre Barry made two stops, and her defense blocked the other three attempts. Catherine Gilman then added an insurance marker in the opening minutes of the second frame to produce the final outcome.
Barry made two saves to earn the victory between the pipes for Babson (3-0), which outshot the Camels by a 22-10 margin and attempted 17 penalty corners. Freshman Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) turned away nine shots for the visitors.
Connecticut College will face its second consecutive nationally-ranked opponent to begin its 2017 campaign when it visits No. 4 Middlebury on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 p.m.