Women's Soccer at MIT
Saturday, October 24—1 p.m.
Steinbrenner Stadiuam—Cambridge, Mass.
Babson and MIT will met for the 38th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1985. The beavers are 24-7-6 all-time against the Engineers but are looking for their first win in the series since 2010.
Michelle Battipaglia scored twice and Ambika Krishnamachar added a goal as MIT scored three times in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over Babson on October 25, 2014, in Babson Park.
LAST BABSON WIN
Kristy Benoit '11 scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute and Lisa Wojnar '12 earned the shutout with seven saves as the Beavers defeated MIT, 1-0, in its regular season finale on October 30, 2010, in Babson Park.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
MIT (8-6-2, 5-2-0 NEWMAC), which is ranked 11th in the first NCAA regional rankings, has dropped two of its last three games after a 2-1 loss at Smith last Saturday. Senior Jennifer Ibanez scored in the 56th minute for the Engineers before the Pioneers took the lead for good with 6:27 left in regulation. First-year Allie Hrabchak (8-1-7) has notched a pair of game-winning goals and is tied for ninth in the league in scoring, Ibanez (5-3-13) has scored four times in conference play and sophomore Olivia Struckman (4-3-11) is tied for the team lead in assists. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Ullman has a 1.15 goals against average to go along with a .836 save percentage and three clean sheets on the year.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (12-2-3, 5-0-3 NEWMAC), which is fifth in the first NCAA regional rankings, stretched its winning streak to six with a 2-1 victory over Emerson on Tuesday. Junior Olivia Kerester scored in the opening minute of play and sophomore Kelsey Ford added a penalty kick in the 65th minute for the Beavers. Kerester (7-4-18) has produced four goals and two assists over the last four matches, first-year Jessica Fernandes (7-3-17) has scored three times in league play and senior Meghan Tyson (4-3-11) leads the Green and White with three game-winning markers. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock leads the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.53) and has posted a .870 save percentage and six shutouts in 14 starts on the year.
The Green and White is unbeaten through its first eight conference games for the first time since the NEWMAC (previously the NEW 8) expanded to nine teams in 1998.
LOOKING TO BREAK THE ICE
The Beavers have been shutout in their last three matches against MIT.
Babson has allowed just three second-half goals in 17 games this fall.
GETTING RESULTS ON THE ROAD
The Beavers are 9-2-3 away from home over the last two seasons, which includes a 7-1-3 mark against NEWMAC foes.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Green and White is 11-0-2 this season and 23-1-7 since 10/12/13 when conceding one goal or less.