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Field hockey comes back before falling to Babson





LEWISTON, Maine -- Babson College scored three goals in the opening eight minutes and didn't look back, defeating host Bates College in a non-conference field hockey game Sunday at Campus Avenue Field.

Babson (3-1) senior Jess Paladino (Turner, Maine) scored three goals and assisted on one other. Sophomore Courtney Weaving scored two of the Beavers' first three goals. Junior Sarah Fredlund (New Preston, Conn.), sophomore Anneliese Brosch (Essex, Mass.) and first-year Kelly walsh (Gardner, Mass.) all contributed assists.

Bates (0-2) closed the gap to 3-2 with first-half goals by sophomore Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) and senior Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.). Dannis knocked in a rebounded save to make it 3-1, and Maciewicz blasted in a setup from junior Ann Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) on a penalty corner to make it 3-2 in the 27th minute.

But Paladino scored back to back goals in the 46th and 51st minutes, midway through the second period, to seize a 5-2 lead. Bates increased its offensive pressure over the better part of the second half, and closed the gap to 5-3 in the 66th minute, as first-year Laura Baran (Pittsburgh, Pa.) set up first-year Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) beautifully on a 2-on-0 breakaway.

Babson sophomore goalie Jessica Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) made several great saves in the game, finishing with six. Bates senior Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.) got a rare start in goal and played well, making eight saves.

Babson next plays at Tufts on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.; Bates plays at NESCAC rival Bowdoin on Saturday at 11 a.m.

STATS: Babson 5, Bates 3