Babson 5, Utica 2

Nov. 9, 2005

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior tri-captain Elise Conley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored three goals, including the game-winner, to lead the host Babson College Beavers to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Utica College Pioneers in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Babson (19-5) advances to the second round at Ursinus College, where the Beavers will face Cortland State on Saturday, November 12, at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, Utica sees its spectacular season come to an end with a record of 12-5.

Conley put Babson on the board just under 10 minutes into the contest, as she blasted a shot off a direct corner inside the left post at 9:37. Senior tri-captain Katie Janson (Easton, Pa.) and sophomore Annie Pease (Waterville, Maine) both picked up assists on the goal, which was Conley's 31st of the year, breaking her own school record for goals in a season.

The Beavers made it 2-0 less than five minutes later, as senior Gina Giardina (St. Louis, Mo.) put back a rebound of Janson's shot at 14:24. Conley then scored on another direct corner shot from Janson and Pease at 19:52, giving the home team a 3-0 cushion.

Utica got one goal back in the closing moments of the first half, as first-year Katie Kutas (New York Mills, N.Y.) scored her team-leading 12th goal of the fall out of a scramble in front with 49.7 seconds remaining. That would cut Babson's lead to 3-1 heading into the break, but Janson scored off a rebound just over 12 minutes into the second stanza to push her team's advantage back to three.

The Pioneers continued to battle down the stretch, getting back to within two when junior Amanda Iannello (Verona, N.Y.) assisted senior Shannon Rohacek's (Little Falls, N.Y.) 11th goal of the year off a penalty corner with 16:45 remaining. However, Conley finished off her fourth hat trick of the season with her Division III-leading 33rd goal on a penalty stroke with 10:01 left to play, as Babson held on for the 5-2 victory.

First-year goalie Elissa Slovin (Andover, Mass.) made three saves in net for Babson, while Beavers' sophomore Michele Farley (Skowhegan, Maine) added a key defensive save late in the first half. First-year Amanda McDonnell (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) stopped a total of eight shots in goal for Utica.

1st Half
B - Elise Conley (Katie Janson, Annie Pease) 9:37
B - Gina Giardina (unassisted) 14:24
B - Elise Conley (Katie Janson, Annie Pease) 19:52
U - Katie Kutas (unassisted) 34:11
2nd Half
B - Katie Janson (unassisted) 47:12
U - Shannon Rohacek (Amanda Iannello) 53:15
B - Elise Conley (penalty stroke) 59:59

GOALIE SAVES: Utica, Amanda McDonnell 8 (70 mins 5 GA); Babson, Elissa Slovin 3 (70 mins 2 GA)

DEFENSIVE SAVES: Babson 1 (Michele Farley 1)

SHOTS: Utica 11 (6 on goal), Babson 17 (13 on goal)

PENALTY CORNERS: Utica 3, Babson 12

-- Courtesy Babson