Sept. 25, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Freshman Amy Ludlum scored an unassisted equalizer on the near post in the 87th minute to stun the Babson College Beavers, who were just three minutes from securing the season's first league win.
Ludlum's finish moved MIT to 3-2-3 on the season, while Babson's overall ledger shifted to 5-3-1. Both squads opened the NEWMAC-portion of its slate with the tie. Saturday's tilt proved to be an even match. Each team had scoring opportunities early; however, the score remained tied at zero heading into halftime.
Babson displayed a high energy level to begin the second frame that resulted in several solid attacks against the MIT defense. In the 53rd minute, Toni Pantuosco broke the deadlock with a tremendous individual effort. Despite being stopped on her initial drive to the goal with a great defensive break-up, Pantuosco regained possession of the ball just outside the box, and promptly delivered her seventh goal of the season.
As the clock continued to tick, momentum seemed to favor the Beavers. In the 87th minute, Amy Ludlum drove the ball down the right-sideline, with no cutter coming through the middle. Despite two Babson defenders forcing Ludlum all the way to the corner, the freshman somehow made the turn and began a baseline drive to the goal. Seconds later, Ludlum scored her third goal of the campaign.
The best scoring chance in overtime went to the Engineers. With less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime session, Andrea Staid delivered a perfect cross along the ground to Meghan O'Kane. The ensuing shot from the left side of the box just missed wide, preserving the draw. Junior Marci McCormack made 10 saves in net for Babson, while freshman Katie Gandolfo stopped seven shots in her first career game in goal.