Acquista Registers Career-Best 21 Saves as Field Hockey Falls to Nationally-Ranked Babson

Samantha Robison - WPI Field Hockey

Babson Park, MA --- Senior Millie Brady (Far Hills, NJ) and junior Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario) both finished with a goal and an assist to help No. 6 Babson College defeat visiting WPI, 4-1, in NEWMAC field hockey action on Tuesday night at MacDowell Field. 

With its fifth consecutive win, Babson improves to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while WPI falls to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC with its second straight loss. 

Junior Claire Nichols (St. Louis, MO) and sophomore Andrea Marguerite (Hopkinton, MA) both scored once for the Beavers. Junior Meara Hanyon (Broadheadsville, PA) chipped in with an assist and senior goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Niantic, CT) recorded her 43rd career victory. 

First-year Alexandra Wolf (Clinton, CT) had a goal and senior Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH) picked up an assist for the Engineers, who got a career-high 21 saves from junior goalkeeper Nini Acquista (Longmeadow, MA). 

The Green and White jumped on top 1:37 into the second quarter on Brady's fourth goal of the season. Hanyon received the penalty corner insert from senior Lauren Curley (Stow, MA) and slide the ball to her left for Brady, who ripped a shot past Acquista for a 1 -0 lead. 

Acquista stuffed a pair of breakaway chances in the second before the Beavers finally broke through for a pair of third-quarter tallies. McGrath carried the ball into the circle following a restart and scored her sixth goal with a blast 3:38 into the stanza, and Marguerite followed with 4:44 to go the period, flicking a shot over Acquista off a freed from McGrath for a 3-0 advantage. 

Babson tacked on another insurance marker in the 55th minute off another corner as Nichols redirected Brady's blast for her first career goal. WPI broke up the shutout with 1:16 remaining though, taking advantage of a quick restart just outside the circle as Wolf put away Dishong's service at the left post for her second goal of the fall. 

The Beavers finished with a 33-1 edge in shots and attempted 12 of the game's 14 penalty corners. 

Babson returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Wesleyan at 6pm, while WPI is off until October 16 when it takes on Smith at 1pm.

Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information