Babson Halts MIT's Five Game Winning Streak

Sept. 24, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It was a close fought game between conference foes MIT (7-2) and Babson (7-2) Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. The Engineers jumped out to an early lead, but the Beavers came back with three unanswered goals and held on for a 3-1 victory in the first NEWMAC contest of the season. Junior Andrea Tufts led the Beavers attack with two goals.

 

Senior Lauren Nowierski put the Engineers up early with her team leading sixth goal of the season, but Babson senior Gina Giardina evened the score just two minutes later. With the game deadlocked, both teams settled down, dueling it out primarily around midfield. Babson had a terrific opportunity to take the lead midway through the half, but junior Sharon Prange came up with a timely defensive save to keep the score tied. But at 26:41, Babson's Andrea Tufts took the game into her own hands. Tufts capitalized on a feed from freshman Megan Paglialunga for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

 

MIT came out reenergized in the second half looking to knot the score at two, but the Engineers had no such luck. After a scramble out in front, senior Noelle Kanaga put home a rebound and appeared to have tied the game, but upon further discussion between the officials, it was ruled that the ball first hit a foot and was thus in Babson's possession.

 

In need of an insurance goal, the Beavers continued to press hard, and the extra effort paid off. Tufts tallied her second goal of the game on a penalty corner pass from sophomore Annie Pease to give the Beavers a 3-1 advantage. With the pair of goals, Tufts upped her season total to eight. The Engineers mustered a flurry of chances in the final five minutes of the game but couldn't find the back of the cage.

 

Babson's freshman goalkeeper Elissa Slovin made five saves in the game, helping the Beavers improve to 7-2. Sophomore goalies Alexa Herman and Safia Chettih split time in net for MIT in the loss. The Engineers dropped to 7-2.

 

MIT will look to begin a new winning streak when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to face Clark University.