BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Four of Babson's winter sports are set to head into postseason play this week, as men's and women's basketball, ice hockey, and men's swimming and diving enter their respective conference championships.
Headlining this week's competition will be the women's basketball team, which finished the regular season with a record of 22-3 overall and became the first team in NEWMAC history to go 18-0 in league play. The Beavers, who have won 14 straight games - the second longest streak in program history - are the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, and will begin their defense of their 2009 NEWMAC title with a home quarterfinal game against eighth-seeded Coast Guard Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Should the women defeat Coast Guard, Babson would host both the remainder of the tournament this weekend. The Beavers would play in the first semifinal game on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the second semifinal taking place at 3 p.m. The Championship Game would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets for all tournament games will be $4 for adults, $2 for senior citizens, and $1 for students with IDs, with Babson students being admitted free of charge courtesy of the Student Government Association.
Also earning a home seed this week is the men's ice hockey team, which earned the second seed in the ECAC East Tournament by finishing the regular season at 12-11-2 overall and 9-9-1 in the conference. Babson will host seventh-seeded UMass-Boston in the quarterfinals this Saturday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year's championship game, which the Beavers won in overtime, 4-3. Tickets for that game will be $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID and children, with Babson students once again being admitted free courtesy of the SGA.
Two teams will be on the road this week for their postseason competition. The men's basketball team has been seeded seventh in the NEWMAC Tournament and will head to Springfield for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday night. The Beavers are looking to avenge a pair of close losses to the Pride in their regular season meetings (72-70 and 71-68). Meanwhile, the men's swimming and diving team will head to Wheaton College for the 2010 NEWMAC Championship meet this weekend. Start times will be noon for the prelims and 7:30 p.m. for the finals on Friday, and 11 a.m. for prelims and 6:30 p.m. for the finals on both Saturday and Sunday. More information, including ticket prices, can be found on Wheaton's NEWMAC Championship page.