BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ont.) scored her second career hat trick and classmate Isabelle Fournier (West Kingston, RI) added a pair of goals as No. 7 Babson College beat Mount Holyoke College, 6-1, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference field hockey opener (NEWMAC) for both schools Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win, the Beavers improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in conference while the Lyonnais drop to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in NEWMAC play.
First year Laney Roseau (West Chester, Pennsylvania) also scored his first collegiate goal for the Beavers, and second Jessica Evans (Southbury, Connecticut) added two assists. Second year goaltender Bayla Fourmanek (State College, Pennsylvania) didn’t have to make a save and took the win in Babson’s goal.
Sophomore Sophia Guziewicz (Enfield, NH) scored her second goal of the season for Mount Holyoke. Schoolmate Rachel Katzenberg (Reisterstown, Maryland) had a busy day in goal and matched her career high with 17 saves.
The Beavers scored three times in four minutes midway through the first quarter to take control of the game. Fournier finished a fine pass past Evans on the right side to put the Greens and Whites on the scoreboard in the sixth minute. McGrath finished a penalty corner with a goal in the ninth minute, making a shrewd move around a defender and slipping a shot under the keeper just inside the left post. Fournier added his second of the game a minute later when his shot was deflected by the keeper but bounced into the net to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead.
McGrath scored his second of the game with the only goal of the second quarter. She stole a clearing pass deep in Lyon territory, split two defenders and fired a slap shot to the right side just inside the far post. Babson outscored the visitors 19-0 in the first half and took a 4-0 lead at the break.
McGrath completed his hat trick with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, taking a pass from Evans down the right and firing a shot over the goaltender’s pads.
Les Lyonnais scored their only goal less than a minute later when Guziewicz hammered in a rebound from a scrum in front of Beaver’s goal. Reed answered for Babson with less than two minutes left in the third when Reed grabbed a backhand rebound for his first goal of the season.
There was no goal in the final period, but Babson finished with a 27-4 advantage on shots and a 13-4 margin on penalty corners.
Babson is back in action on Sunday, hosting No. 1-ranked Middlebury at 1 p.m. at MacDowell Field. Mount Holyoke travels to Regis on Wednesday for a 7:30 game under the lights.
• The Beavers have improved their all-time lead over Mount Holyoke to 24-15-3 in a streak dating back to 1988. Babson have won seven straight victories over the Lyons by a combined score of 33-6.
• McGrath recorded her fifth career multi-goal game for the Beavers with her first hat-trick since scoring three times on November 4 in a 5-0 win over WPI in the NEWMAC Tournament semi-finals.
• The Green and White recorded their 43rd straight regular season win at NEWMAC and are 48-1 against conference opponents since 2015.
• The Beavers have posted 95 straight wins by scoring at least three goals since 2014.