CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Babson College scored four first-half goals en route to a 6-1 win in a battle for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title on Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. Alex Cabreros and Sarah Fredlund scored twice for the Beavers who finished the regular season unbeaten in NEWMAC play (13-5, 8-0 NEWMAC) and will host next weekend's Conference tournament semifinals and final. The loss was the first for the Cardinal and Gray at home this season and its second in league play, running its ledger to 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the NEWMAC.. The Engineers have secured the no. two seed in the upcoming NEWMAC tournament and will receive a first round bye.
Cabreros tipped a shot past MIT goalkeeper Keri Dixon just 8:46 into the contest to give the Beavers the early advantage. Julia Pochini began the sequence with a shot from the top of the circle after a penalty corner insertion. Just over eight minutes later, Babson's leading scorer, Morgan Lockwood, gathered a loose ball in front of the cage and pushed it home to give the visitors a two-goal lead. Sarah Fredlund added another tally on a deflection a few minutes later and then assisted on Cabreros' second goal, as the Beavers took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Babson held a 10-3 edge in penalty corners and outshot Tech, 14-5, over the first 35 minutes.
Despite a more balanced stat sheet in the second frame, MIT was unable to break through the Babson defense while Courtney Weaving and Fredlund continued to extend the lead to 6-0 over the first 26 minutes of the second half. Kameron Klauber finally put the Engineers on the board with just under 12 seconds to go to help avoid their second shutout of the season.
Babson goalkeeper Jess Pashos made just four saves but came out of her net on a number of occasions to thwart the MIT attack before it could get a shot off. Dixon had five saves in an uncharacteristic performance by the All-Conference goalkeeper.
Saturday marked the final home game for four MIT seniors, who were honored in a brief ceremony before the game. In addition to Dixon, Jessica Oleinik, Danielle Smith and Alex Wright wrapped out their outstanding careers at home today. They will look to capture their second straight NEWMAC tournament Championship beginning next weekend.
Both teams will have a bye into the tournament semifinals, which are slated for next Saturday, November 6. Babson will play at 12:00 p.m. while MIT will follow at 3:00 p.m. Full tournament seedings and matchups will be announced later today.