Oct. 14, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jess Paladino's unassisted goal with 9:31 left to play proved to be the game-winner in Babson College's 2-1 win over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey game on Saturday. The victory lifted the Beavers' ledger to 7-7 on the year and 3-2 in conference play while the Engineers dropped to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in the NEWMAC.
The first half was a defensive battle as both teams combined for seven shots. Although Babson had a 4-1 edge in penalty corners, MIT turned away any scoring threats for a scoreless opening frame.
The Engineers controlled the ball for the majority of the second stanza, but the Beavers converted both of their shots for the first goals of the game. Brittany Stevens ended the shutout at the 58:15 mark with an unassisted goal. Paladino then extended Babson's lead just over two minutes later.
MIT cut its deficit in half on Hee Jay Kang's goal with 1:53 remaining in regulation. In a two-on-one situation with the Beavers' netminder, Elissa Slovin, Amanda Hunter took a shot that bounced off Slovin's chest. Hunter gathered the rebound and pushed the ball to Kang for the score. The Engineers continued to attack but they could not post the equalizer.
In net, Alexa Herman collected three saves for MIT while Slovin made five stops.
The next opponent for both squads will be NEWMAC foe Clark University. Babson will host the Cougars on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. while MIT will do the same on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m.