CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Third-seeded Babson College battled fourth-seeded Springfield College to a 1-1 double-overtime draw before falling 5-4 in penalty kicks in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Playing in its first title game since 2010, Babson is now 14-3-5 on the year and must wait until Monday afternoon to find out it if it will earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The championship was the fourth straight for Springfield (11-5-5), which was victorious on penalties after drawing in all three of its tournament matches.
The Pride got on the board in the 81st minute as sophomore Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) converted a cross from classmate Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) for her fourth goal of the year. The Beavers came right back though, and leveled the match on first-year Jessica Fernandes' (Pawtucket, R.I.) team-leading ninth marker in the 84th minute. Springfield sophomore goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) came off her line to stop Fernandes' initial shot, but she collected her own rebound and buried it inside the left post.
Neither team put a shot on frame in either overtime period, sending the game to penalty kicks. Sophomore Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and juniors Taylor Goldsborough (Williston, Vt.) and Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) all converted in the four rounds to match the Pride. Springfield senior Jessica Miller (Southbury, Conn.) made it 4-3, but Beavers' junior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) also converted to force a sixth round.
Senior Brooke Hattinger (Weymouth, Mass.) again put the Pride in front, and Boucher followed with her second save of the shootout to clinch the match.
Babson first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) finished with three saves in 110 minutes, while Boucher stopped five shots on the day.
Springfield finished with a 12-10 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson will learn its NCAA Tournament fate during the Division III Selection Show, which beings at 1 p.m. on Monday on NCAA.com.
• The Beavers are now 4-4-1 all-time in NEWMAC Tournament championship matches.
• The Green and White went to penalties for the first time since the 2013 conference semifinals against MIT.
• Babson's five ties are tied along with the 2013 team for the second most in program history.
• The Beavers are 3-2-3 this season against regionally-ranked teams.