BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sophomore Kelly Hanly (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) recorded one goal and two assists to help the Babson College women’s soccer team rally from an early 1-0 deficit and claim a 3-1 victory over the visiting United States Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference matchup at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the first-place Beavers improved to 10-3-1 overall and remained unbeaten in conference play at 5-0-1, while Coast Guard dipped to 5-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the NEWMAC.
Coast Guard struck first when junior Shannah Shelton (Upper Marlboro, Md.) gathered a rebound of first-year Rachel Deschene’s (Palm Harbor, Fla.) shot from the right side and fired a blast into the lower left corner just 2:24 into the contest. Babson then threatened to tie the game at the 22-minute mark, but junior goalie Mary Mills (St. Louis, Mo.) made a tremendous leaping save to tip a 25-yard rocket by Hanley just over the crossbar.
The Beavers eventually broke through with just under nine minutes left in the first half, beginning when Hanly lofted a perfect corner kick from the left side. Babson first-year Stefani Paulinelli (Weston, Fla.) then headed a perfect shot over the outstretched hands of Mills and just under the crossbar for her first collegiate goal at 36:06.
Babson carried its offensive momentum into the second half, scoring two goals in the opening 14 minutes. Hanly netted the first when she broke free on the right side of the field and lofted a perfect shot from 30 yards out inside the far left post at 51:32 – the first goal of her collegiate career. The sophomore back then picked up her second assist and fourth point of the day when her breakaway shot from the right side rebounded to senior captain Patty Pytlik (Wellesley, Mass.), who scored her second of the year on a wide-open net to make it 3-1 at 58:54.
Mills finished with nine saves in goal for Coast Guard, while junior Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) turned away three shots in earning her ninth win of the season for Babson.