Tech Upsets Babson In NEWMAC Tournament
Nov. 3, 2005
Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Chase Lochmiller scored the game's only goal with 22:47 left in regulation to lead No. 7 seed MIT to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Babson College in the quarterfinal round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer tournament on Wednesday. In the seven-year history of the conference, MIT's win marked the first time the No. 7 team has upset the No. 2 seed. With the win, the Engineers (8-8) advance to Saturday's semifinal round at Wheaton College where they will meet No. 3 Clark University at 1:30 p.m.
Lochmiller nearly gave Tech the lead late in the first half, as he ripped a shot off the crossbar with eight minutes remaining. The Beavers (11-4-4), ranked No. 4 in New England,followed with a scoring bid just three minutes later, but MIT goalie Thomas Caldwell made a clutch save on a shot by Justin Unger to keep the game scoreless.
The Engineers ended the deadlock in the 68th minute when Lochmiller took a feed from Ryan Sheffler at the top of the box and blasted a shot into the lower right corner past the outstretched hands of diving netminder Chris Necklas. Babson almost notched the equalizer five minutes later when Robert Ollari drilled a shot from 10 yards out, but Caldwell came charging out of the net to deflect the shot and Nitin Perumbeti quickly cleared the loose ball off the goal line.
The Beavers continued to attack with several of their shots going just wide or high in the closing minutes. Babson's best chance on net came with eight minutes left to play, when Ollari hit a curving shot to the far right post from the left side of the box. However, Caldwell made a clean leaping catch and held on as two Babson players bore down on him to preserve the shutout victory. The rookie keeper finished with eight saves on the day.