Oct. 9, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - While the 2004 NEWMAC Championship has been shaping up as a repeat of last year's final, the Babson Beavers ensured control of its own destiny by knocking off MIT, 1-0, at Steinbrenner Stadium on Saturday. Derek Losi scored the unassisted game-winner in the 71st minute, after ending up with possession just two yards off the goal line during a wild scramble in the box.
MIT (5-2-1, 2-1-0) dominated possession in the first half by beating Babson (9-3-1, 3-0-0) to practically every loose ball. The Engineers muscled seven shots during the opening half, while holding the Beavers to just one shot on goal. In the second half, Babson evened the tilt with a much more aggressive attack.
During the first part of the second half, most of the play remained in the middle of the pitch. Neither team was generating a credible scoring opportunity, although both teams were playing for the deep ball. In the 67th minute, the Engineers delivered their best scoring chance of the afternoon when sophomore Alex Morgan fired a rocket just outside the box. Babson goalkeeper Chris Necklas responded with the best save of the day by diving from left to right and intercepting the would-be finish in mid-air.
The big save seemed to spark the entire Babson contingent, which quietly began to assert control of the game. In the 70th minute, the Beavers had a three-on-one breakaway opportunity that just missed resulting in a goal. Just over a minute later, a scramble deep in Tech's box resulted in the first and only score of the contest.
Chris Necklas made seven saves en route to his fourth straight shutout on the campaign. Morgan Mills stopped five shots for the Engineers, who suffered their first home loss this season. MIT outshot Babson, 12-8, for the game.