Women's Soccer Earns Program's First NCAA Tournament Berth After Reaching NEWMAC Tournament Final
BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-years Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) both scored second-half goals as the Babson College women's soccer team defeated Wheaton College, 2-0, to secure its spot in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship for the first time since 2010 on November 7 in Cambridge.
The victory was the first for the Beavers over the Lyons since 1997. Despite the Babson falling in penalty kicks to Springfield College in the title game a day later, reaching the final helped the program earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history when the bracket was released on November 9.
Following a scoreless first half against Wheaton that saw the teams combine for just one shot on goal, Fernandes converted a feed from sophomore Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) to give the Green and White the lead in the 59th minute. Dineen, who scored the Beavers' lone goal in its quarterfinal win over Mount Holyoke four days earlier, added an insurance marker in the 81st minute. The two-goal advantage was more than enough for first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine), who turned away three shots to post her eighth clean sheet of the year.
Babson, which was one of 20 at-large selections to the Division III NCAA Tournament, fell 1-0 to defending national champion Lynchburg College in a first-round match in Glassboro, N.J., on November 14.