THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke hosts Babson College for a pivotal NEWMAC showdown Saturdayafternoon (1:00 p.m.) at the Turf Field. In 28 previous meetings between the programs, the Beavers own a 16-9 advantage. They edged the Lyons 2-1 last season on a late goal by forward Courtney Weaving. Mount Holyoke's goal came from forward Stephanie Slysz. Babson went on to win the NEWMAC Championship for the first time in school history. Match Program
PLAY PINK: The Mount Holyoke field hockey team has partnered with the Play 4 the Cure Foundation to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer through the "Play Pink" initiative. "Play Pink" is a nationwide, unified effort by field hockey teams to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the field, across campuses, in communities and beyond. For more information, click here.
THE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (6-3, 2-1 NEWMAC) has used a balanced attack to outscore its opponents 42-13 thus far this season. Forward Shara Robertson has set the tone with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. The Lyons have also received a boost from forward Jess Fajardo, who has knocked in nine goals. Fellow frontliners Stephanie Slysz and Christine Ianni have scored six times apiece, while midfielder Kirsten Kilburn has recorded six goals and six assists. Aurora Rougeau has dished out a team best seven assists from the midfield. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Katie Gibson has posted a goals against average of 1.43.
THE BEAVERS: Babson (7-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) has been paced by Morgan Lockwood, who leads the NEWMAC with 45 points. The forward has been nearly unstoppable over her team's first 12 outings, scoring 18 times and dishing out nine assists. The Beavers have also received solid production from forward Caroline Malone, who has recorded 10 goals. Fellow frontliner Caroline Weaving has posted four goals and eight assists. Meanwhile, forward Hannah Feneberg has found the back of the cage six times. Jess Pashos has been Babson's featured goalkeeper. In 813 minutes played, she has made 92 saves en route to a goals against average of 2.32.
NEXT UP: Mount Holyoke will return to action on Wednesday, when it visits Simmons College for a non-conference contest beginning at 6:00 p.m. Babson is slated to visit Middlebury College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.