April 28, 2005
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Babson College (7-10) used a 16-3 run to turn an early 6-1 deficit into an eventual 19-13 victory over visiting MIT (6-5) in the quarterfinals of the 2005 NEWMAC Womens Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the fourth-seeded Beavers move on to play top-seeded Wheaton in the semifinals at Wheaton on Saturday.
MIT jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead behind the play of junior Deanna Lentz and senior Kelsey Presson, who combined for five goals and two assists over the first 14 minutes of play. However, Babson closed the half with five straight scores to tie the contest, 6-6, at the break, and then netted the first two goals of the second half to take an 8-6 lead.
The Engineers appeared to regain the momentum with three straight goals in a three minute stretch, including two in a row by Presson that put the Engineers back in front, 9-8, with 22:50 remaining. However, that would be the final lead of the game for MIT, as Babson rattled off nine straight goals to build a commanding 17-9 advantage. Five different players scored during the run. MIT would score four times in the final seven minutes, but it would not be enough to prevent the season-ending defeat.
Babson's Stacy Hambro led all players with six goals and one assist, while Erin Conroy added two goals and four assists. Senior goalie Margaret Schlachter continued her solid play in net, stopping a total of 12 shots.
Lentz and Presson each scored five goals to lead MIT, while Lentz also added an assist. Sophomore Hee Jay Kang finished with three saves in goal for the Engineers.
Presson ends her career at MIT as the program's all-time leading scorer with 117 goals and 141 points, breaking the offensive totals set by Tracy Sadowski (1996-99). And while Presson and Lentz became the first set of teammates to score 50 points in the same season, Lentz also set some records in the final game of the season, closing the campaign with new MIT marks for groundballs (58) and caused turnovers (40) in a season. The junior star also etched her name into MIT lore in just three seasons, dishing out 40 assists en route to an all-time program record.