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Husson Athletics | November 9, 2017

Husson upsets No. 5 Babson in first round of DIII Championship

  The Eagles will play Rochester (NY) in the second round this Saturday at 2 p.m.

BABSON PARK, Mass. — Senior midfielder Mikala Toth scored in the 44th minute to help Husson (13-5) upset No. 5 Babson (17-5) 1-0 in a first round matchup of the 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship at MacDowell Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles picked up the program's first-ever NCAA tournament win and broke the single-season wins mark with their 13th victory on the season.

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HOW IT HAPPENED:

After a scoreless first half, Toth blasted a shot from the left side of the circle past Babson keeper Deirdre Barry for what proved to be the game-winning goal with 25:58 remaining in the second half.

THE KEEPERS:

Husson's senior goalkeeper Anne Marie Provencal (13-5) made 11 saves to notch her first shutout of the year and fourth of her collegiate career. It was also her 13th win on the season, breaking a three-way tie for the most single-season wins by a keeper with Kelly Bocchino (12 in 2007) and Maicee Gustin (12 in 2012). Barry (17-5) had one save in the losing effort for Babson.

TEAM STATS:

Babson held the lead in shots (16-6) and shots on goal (11-2), but the Eagles had the advantage on penalty corners (7-5).

STATS: Wednesday's box score

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

With the win, Husson picked up its first-ever win over Babson and avenged a 2010 setback at the hands of the Beavers in the program's first NCAA tournament game. The Eagles improved to 1-5 all-time in the national tournament and Wednesday's win marked the first time in program history Husson has defeated a ranked opponent.

NEXT:

Husson will now travel to Middlebury, Vermont on Saturday for a matchup with #14 Rochester (N.Y.) (17-3). Game time is set for a 2:00 p.m. ET.