October 31, 2009

MIT Downs Babson, 3-0, In NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT received goals from Kimberly Barker, Danielle Smith and Kameron Klauber, along with a stellar effort in net by Keri Dixon, to defeat visiting Babson, 3-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey quarterfinal on Saturday at Jack Barry Field. With the win, the Engineers (15-4) avenge an overtime loss to the Beavers in the regular season and advance to the NEWMAC Semifinals for the first time since 2003. Babson's season comes to a close at 11-8.

Barker put the hosts on the board midway through the first half, collecting a rebound in front of the Babson cage and pushing home her team-high 17th goal of the year. With that tally, the freshman became the Institute's all-time single season scoring leader, breaking a record that had been held by Julie Neuringer since 1980.

After heading to the locker room with a 1-0 lead, the Cardinal and Grey kept the pressure on throughout the second half, outshooting Babson, 20-10, in the frame. Just under four minutes into the second stanza, Klauber took control of the ball with one defender to beat. Babson goalkeeper, Jessica Pahsos, made a diving stop of her initial shot from just inside the circle but Smith was there to convert the second-chance opportunity and give Tech a two-goal lead. Klauber then added a marker of her own with eight minutes to go, sending the Engineers into the Tournament Semifinals.

Babson had an excellent chance to trim into the Tech lead midway through the second. Trailing by just a goal at that point, Sarah Fredlund had two shots on goal within 15 seconds. However, MIT defender Michelle Dion picked up a pair of key defensive saves on the attempts.

For the game, the Engineers outshot the visitors, 32-14, although Babson held an 8-5 advantage in penalty corners.

Dixon was spectacular in goal, stopping four shots and knocking away a number of loose balls, to earn her sixth shutout of the season. Pashos made 14 saves in the losing effort.

MIT will now take on Mount Holyoke College next Saturday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Wellesley College. The Engineers downed the Lyons, 7-1, earlier this season. Wellesley will take on Springfield in the other semifinal.