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Babson Upsets No. 7 Field Hockey, 1-0


BABSON PARK, Mass., October 8, 2005 - Springfield College sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, N.J.) saved eight shots on goal, but it was Babson College which defeated the No. 7 Pride, 1-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on a rainy Saturday afternoon, October 8, in Babson Park, Mass.

Babson senior Elise Conley scored the game-winning goal, her 19th of the season, less than two minutes into the second half as the Beavers halted the Pride's eight-game winning streak.

Babson (11-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) came out firing in the opening half, putting six of its 10 shots on net. Kaplan was up for the challenge, however, making six of her eight saves in the opening stanza to keep the score knotted at 0-0 heading into the break.

After Conley's score, SC took control of the second half, especially within the final 15 minutes of regulation. The Pride fired the majority of its 12 second-half shots during the 15-minute span, but freshman goalie Elissa Slovin played extremely well in net for the Beavers, making nine saves on the day.

In the closing moments of the game, SC was awarded three consecutive penalty corners after time had expired. On the Pride's third and final attempt, SC appeared to have scored the game-tying goal, but the score was waived off because the shot crossed the goal line above the maximum allowed height of 18 inches.

SC loses just its second game of the 2005 season, dropping to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in NEWMAC play. The Pride looks to rebound as it next hosts Williams College in a non-conference contest on Wednesday evening, October 12, in a 7:00 p.m. start.

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