Beavers Earn First Win Over Lyons Since 1997
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—First-years Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, R.I.) each scored in the second half as third-seeded Babson College defeated second-seeded Wheaton College, 2-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer tournament semifinal match on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Babson (14-3-4), which defeated Wheaton for the first time since 1997, advances to the NEWMAC Tournament title game for the first time since 2010. The Lyons, who were unbeaten in their last nine games, fall to 14-6-2 and must wait until Monday to find out if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After combining for just one shot on frame over the opening 45 minutes, Fernandes broke the scoreless deadlock with her team-leading eighth goal of the season, converting a feed from sophomore Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute. Sophomore Meghan Lee (Stow, Mass.), who hit the crossbar late in the match, had a pair of attempts saved by Wheaton first-year goalkeeper Leann Wolf (Santa Maria, Calif.) before Dineen notched her second goal of the tournament in the 81st minute to give Babson a 2-0 edge.
The cushion was more than enough for the Green and White, which got three saves from first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine). Mycock is now 13-2-1 this fall with eight shutouts.
Wolf also finished with three saves for the Lyons.
The Beavers held a 12-8 edge in shots and attempted four of the game's five corner kicks.
Babson will now face fourth-seeded Springfield, which advanced on penalty kicks for the second straight match, for the NEWMAC Tournament title on Sunday at 12 p.m at Steinbrenner Stadium.
• The Beavers are now unbeaten in their last six matches against Wheaton (1-0-5) going back to 2011.
• Babson is now 14-1-2 when leading or tied at the half this season.
• The Beavers' 14 wins are the third most in school history and the most since the 1993 squad won 17 games.
• The Green and White is 10-3-4 away from home over the last two seasons.