Centennial Moments: Streaks for the Ages

Centennial Moments: Streaks for the Ages

Men's Soccer Goes Unbeaten in 40 Matches, Women's Basketball Wins 85 Straight Games in NEWMAC Play

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The athletics programs at Babson College have enjoyed tremendous success over the years. The department owns five Division III national championships, countless conference regular season and tournament titles, and two of the great New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) unbeaten streaks in league history.

After three straight second-place finishes and a pair of NEWMAC Tournament final appearances between 2005-07, the Babson men's soccer program embarked on a 40-game conference unbeaten streak that spanned more than five seasons beginning in 2008. Under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Jon Anderson '75, the Beavers went 26-0-4 on the way to capturing five straight regular season crowns from 2008-12, and were 7-0-2 in league playoff matches while winning three consecutive NEWMAC Tournament crowns in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Overall Babson posted 34 wins and six draws during its 40-game unbeaten streak. 

After opening its 2013 conference slate with a 1-0 victory over Coast Guard, the Green and White suffered a 3-2 loss at MIT on September 28 ending the unbeaten run at 40 games. During the streak the Beavers outscored their opponents 95-33 and recorded 14 shutouts. The Green and White also won seven of 13 matches that went to overtime.

While men's soccer was dominating the fall, the women's basketball program was putting together an impressive streak of its own. Under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Judy Blinstrub, the Beavers won 85 consecutive NEWMAC games from 2009-13.

The run began with a 55-40 victory over Mount Holyoke in the final regular season game of the 2008-09 campaign, and included five consecutive NEWMAC Tournament crowns and four straight regular season crowns from 2010-13. During the streak Babson outscored its opponents by an average of 25.3 points per game, won by 30 or more points on 28 occasions, and held its foes under 50 points in 56 contests. Additionally, only eight games were decided by single digits and the Beavers smallest winning margin was four in a 52-48 triumph over Wellesley on January 30, 2013.

The final win in the 85-game streak came in the 2013 NEWMAC final against Wellesley on February 24 as the Beavers suffered an 85-76 loss to Coast Guard in their 2013-14 conference opener on November 20.