2015 NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 3 Women's Soccer vs. No. 6 Mount Holyoke
Tuesday, November 3—1:30 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 35th time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers hold a 23-10-1 edge all-time and have won 16 of the last 19 matches between the sides going back to 1996.
Babson and Mount Holyoke have never met in the NEWMAC Tournament.
Despite recording a season-high 24 shots, the Beavers had to settle for a 0-0 2OT draw against Mount Holyoke in the conference opener for both teams on September 19 in South Hadley. First-year Maddison Gierschick made five saves for Babson, while junior Zoe Marshall turned away 10 shots for the Lyons.
LAST MOUNT HOLYOKE WIN
Mallory Phaneuf and Kiana Lussier both scored early in the first half as the Lyons defeated Babson, 2-0, on October 27, 2012.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
Sixth-seeded Mount Holyoke (9-6-3, 4-3-3 NEWMAC) clinched its first conference tournament berth since 2009 with a 1-1 draw against WPI on Saturday. Senior Ashleigh Hartsock scored in the 20th minute and Marshall finished with 11 saves for the Lyons, who conceded the tying goal with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. First-year Sara Sanau Ruiz (15-1-31) is second in the league in goals and points and has scored five-game winning markers, while Hartsock (6-5-17) leads the team in assists and has struck for three game-winning goals. Marshall leads the NEWMAC in saves (134) and save percentage (.893), and has posted a 0.95 goals against average and five shutouts this fall.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Third-seeded Babson (12-3-4, 5-1-4 NEWMAC), which is fifth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, has been idle since wrapping up the regular season with a 0-0 draw at Wheaton last Tuesday. Gierschick finished with four saves to record the third shutout of her career. Junior Olivia Kerester (7-4-18) is tied for the team lead in assists, first-year Jess Fernandes (7-3-17) is tied for 10th in the league in scoring and sophomore Kelsey Ford (4-4-12) has three goals and two assists over the last five games. Gierschick and first-year Elizabeth Mycock, who is 11-2-1 on the year, have combined to post a 0.65 goals against average and a .860 save percentage to go along with 12 clean sheets.
LOOKING TO ADVANCE
The Green and White, which is making its 27th straight NEWMAC Tournament appearance, is 10-10-4 all-time in the conference tournament quarterfinals and has advanced to the semifinal round in each of the last three seasons.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Kerester assisted on senior Meghan Tyson's second-half goal and then scored 3:09 into overtime to lift the Beavers past Smith in last season's NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal match.
FINDING SUCCESS AT HOME
The Green and White went 9-1-1 at home this season is is 24-4-4 at Hartwell-Rogers Field since the start of the 2013 season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Babson is 12-1-0 this season and 25-1-1 since September 24, 2013, when scoring the first goal of the match.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal will take on either second-seeded Wheaton or seventh-seeded Smith at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at MIT.