April 28, 2006

First Half Deficit Dooms Engineers; Babson Moves On

April 28, 2006

Box Score

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Deanna Lentz scored five of her six goals in the second half and three in the final 10 minutes, but time ran out on the senior co-captain as fourth-seeded Babson College (10-7, 4-3 NEWMAC) held on for a 14-12 win over the fifth-seeded Engineers (4-8, 2-5 NEWMAC) in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference quarterfinal contest on Thursday. The loss marked the seventh time this season MIT has fallen by two goals or less. The Beavers were led by freshman Jackie Godfrey, who scored five goals in her first game back from injury.

The Engineers looked poised from the opening draw and went up 3-1 almost eight minutes into the game on goals by senior Randee Miller, junior Mary Harding and sophomore Laura Watson. Unfortunately for MIT, the lead would be its last as freshman Lindsay Bucci jump-started her team with three straight goals over a span of three and a half minutes. The Beavers then scored four of the next six goals to close out the half with an 8-5 advantage.

Godfrey extended Babson's lead at 33:59 of the second frame, but Deanna Lentz was determined to keep MIT afloat. She capitalized on a free position attempt at 36:07 and then stopped a 2-0 Babson run at 42:17 with her third goal of the game. Still down 11-7, MIT got some unexpected help from freshman Lily He, who notched her first collegiate goal at 48:32.

With just over 10 minutes left, the Beavers went on a 3-1 run that would essentially seal the victory, despite a valiant effort by Lentz. She would score twice more before time ran out, completing a six-goal, two-assist outing.

Babson proved to have too much fire power, as Lindsay Bucci (four goals) and Anita Martignetti (three goals) tallied hat tricks along with teammate Godfrey. In goal, junior Jennie Williams made 11 saves in the victory, while MIT netminder junior Hee Jay Kang turned aside 19 shots.