April 11, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Babson College (9-3, 3-0 NEWMAC) responded to an early 3-0 deficit with a strong second half en route to a 15-12 victory over MIT (3-5, 1-2 NEWMAC) on Tuesday night at Jack Barry Field. Sophomore Anita Martignetti carried the Beavers with seven goals and two assists. Senior Deanna Lentz led the Engineers with five goals and two helpers.
Back in action for the first time since April 1, MIT came out fast and quickly found results. Freshman Mary Hatch scored just 52 seconds into the game and Lentz tallied twice in the next minute, staking the Engineers to an early 3-0 lead. But before long, the Beavers woke up and provided an answer.
At 2:19, freshman Kate Nichols found the back of the net, and Martignetti followed at 3:09 with her first score of the game. Junior Mary Harding and Lentz each scored to reestablish MIT's three goal lead, but Martignetti again brought the Beavers back with goals at 13:43 and 15:43. The teams traded goals twice before the half ended and the Engineers remained in front, 7-6.
Clinging to a one goal lead to begin the second frame, the Engineers watched the Beavers go on a 4-0 run, capped by a pair of goals from freshman Jackie Godfrey. Down 10-7 and falling fast, MIT received a much needed boost from Lentz. She scored her fourth goal of the game at 12:36 and assisted on Hatch's second score at 14:28 to bring MIT within a goal.
But as good as Lentz was, Martignetti was better. The Babson star scored three more times and added an assist over the next six minutes, increasing the Beavers' lead to 15-9 with just over five minutes to play. The Engineers got two goals back in the closing minutes but came up on the short end of a 15-12 final.
With seven goals and two assists, Martignetti set a season high for points (nine). Also coming up big for the Beavers were freshman Jackie Godfrey (three goals, one assist) and Kate Nichols (two goals). In the losing effort, Mary Hatch had a career high three goals and two assists, and Mary Harding also added three scores for MIT.
Babson junior goalkeeper Jennie Williams made three saves in the win, while junior Hee Jay Kang turned aside four shots for MIT.
The Engineers will host Mount Holyoke College (4-7, 1-2 NEWMAC) on Saturday, April 15 in their last home game of the season. The NEWMAC contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.