October 31, 2004

Babson Ousts MIT in NEWMAC Quarterfinal

Oct. 31, 2004

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BABSON PARK, Mass. - Babson College head women's soccer coach Judy Blinstrub recorded her 200th career victory on Saturday, as the fourth-seeded Beavers defeated fifth-seeded MIT, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2004 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Babson (10-6-2) advances to next Saturday's semifinal round at Wheaton, where the Beavers will meet the top-seeded Lyons.

After a scoreless first half, Babson took the lead late in the second, as sophomore Caitlin Cronin launched a shot from 40 yards out that found its way over the hands of leaping sophomore goalie Kat Vater, and under the crossbar at 76:26. The Beavers then added an insurance goal when Vater denied a shot attempt from sophomore Cara Forsberg, but first-year Nikki Stier (Deerfield, Mass.) was there to knock home the rebound at 86:42.

Despite being outshot, 17-9, in the contest, MIT still mounted several quality scoring opportunities. The Engineers final shot came with 4:30 left in the second half, as junior Meghan O'Kane cut across the middle and ripped a shot from 20 yards out. However, Babson junior goalkeeper Marci McCormack, who remained in the game after suffering a head injury midway through the first half, made a diving save to her right to keep MIT off the board. McCormack finished with three saves for the Beavers, as she earned her eighth shutout of the year. Vater stopped five shots in net for MIT, including three in the first half.

The defeat snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for MIT, which had gone 4-0-1 since a 1-0 lossat No. 1 Wheaton on October 12.

For Blinstrub, the victory improved her career record in women's soccer to 200-154-20, giving her the 12th most wins among active Division III coaches and the 15th most in NCAA Division III history. In addition, Blinstrub has coached the Babson women's basketball team to a record of 340-190 over the last 20 seasons, making her the only active Division III coach in the nation with 300 wins in basketball and 200 in soccer.