Seventh-ranked Middlebury fell to #2 Babson (9-0) on the road Sunday. The Panthers (4-2, 3-1) return to action on Wednesday when they host #11 Skidmore at 6:30 p.m.
Middlebury wasted little time getting on the board, when Grace Jennings tapped home a feed from Molly Freeman at the 3:39 mark. The Panthers had an opportunity to increase the lead just two minutes later, but Jennings' breakaway attempt was met by a kick save from Babson goalkeeper Deirdre Barry. The Beavers tied the game 1-1 at the 28:40 mark, when Kate Driscoll redirected a chip-in from Maddy Paro that found the back of the cage.
Out of the break, both goalkeepers made big saves early, keeping the score tied until the 49th minute. The game winner came at 49:10 when Lauren Drakeley took a penalty corner insert from Elise Towers and slid a pass to Ashley Tango, who blasted the ball past Abby Furdak.
Middlebury finished with a 16-11 edge in shots and held a 14-6 advantage in penalty corners. Furdak had five saves in goal for the Panthers, while Barry made nine stops.