2015 NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 3 Women's Soccer vs. No. 2 Wheaton
Saturday, November 7—1:30 p.m.
Steinbrenner Stadium (MIT)—Cambridge, Mass.
Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 44th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1981. The Beavers are 10-24-9 all-time against the Lyons and are looking for their first win in the series since 1997. The sides have played to a draw in each of the last five regular-season matches.
The Beavers and Lyons will play for the ninth time in the conference playoffs and the first time since a 2009 quarterfinal match on Saturday. Babson is 1-5-2 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament against Wheaton.
First-year Maddison Gierschick made four saves as Babson and Wheaton battled to a 0-0 2OT draw on October 27 in Norton.
LAST BABSON WIN
Crystal Tifft '98 and Eileen Connolly '98 scored early in the second half, and Katie Matthews '00 made 10 saves to help the Beavers pick up the 2-1 victory over Wheaton on October 21, 1997, in Norton.
LAST WHEATON WIN
Colleen Liffers scored the game's only goal just 1:40 after halftime, knocking home a rebound at the left post, to give the Lyons a 1-0 victory over Babson on October 19, 2010, in Babson Park.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
Second-seeded Wheaton (14-5-2) is unbeaten over its last nine games and defeated seventh-seeded Smith, 2-0, in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday. Junior Alexa Sanchez and senior Julia Cipriano both scored for the Lyons, who will make their 21st straight conference tournament semifinal appearance. Cipriano (12-10-34) is second in the league in scoring and has struck for six game-winning goals this fall, while sophomore Megan Healy has scored four times to go along with two assists. First-year goalkeeper Leann Wolf has posted a conference-low 0.57 goals against average and a .859 save percentage to go along with eight clean sheets in 15 starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Third-seeded Babson (13-3-4) advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years with a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Mount Holyoke on Tuesday. First-year Emma Dineen scored 45 seconds into the second half as the Green and White posted its team-record 13th shutout of the year. Junior Olivia Kerester (7-4-18) is tied for eighth in the conference in scoring, first-year Jessica Fernandes has seven goals and sophomore Kelsey Ford (4-4-12) is tied for the team lead in assists. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock is second in the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.59), third in shutouts (7) and fifth in goals against average (.852) in 16 starts this fall.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP
The Beavers, who are making their 29th straight NEWMAC Tournament appearance, are looking to return to the championship game for the first time since 2010.
ANOTHER REGIONAL TEST
The Green and White, which was fifth in the last public NCAA New England rankings released on Wednesday, are 2-2-2 against the region's top teams, including its draw against Wheaton, which is eighth in the poll, in late October.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 13-1-2 when leading or tied at halftime this season.
The winner of Saturday's semifinal will face either top-seeded MIT or fourth-seeded Springfield on Sunday at 12 p.m. with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.