MONTGOMERY, Ill.—Senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.,) scored twice and Babson College got goals from four different players on its way to a dominating 5-0 victory over Illinois College in its season opener on Friday afternoon.
Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) had a goal and an assist, while classmate Julieta Ginevra (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and sophomore Addie Lalor (Washington, D.C.) both recorded their first career tallies for the Beavers. Senior Jessica DeLuca (Sudbury, Mass.), junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) and first-year Sydney McLaughlin (Sherborn, Mass.) each chipped in with an assist in the win.
Fernandes opened the scoring with a shot inside the right post off a feed from DeLuca in the 17th minute. The Green and White outshot the Lady Blues 18-1 in the opening stanza and doubled its advantage on Lalor's 20-yard strike just 55 seconds before halftime.
Dineen figured into the Beavers' first two goals of the second half as she headed home a cross from McCabe in the 53rd minute and then set up Fernandes' second tally of the afternoon less than two minutes later to make it 4-0. Ginevra capped the scoring in the 78th minute when she put away a feed from McLaughlin for the final margin.
Senior Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) did not have to make a save in recording her 13th career clean sheet for Babson. Junior Charlotte Crofton (Springfield, Ill.) finished with 12 saves in 84 minutes of work for Illinois College.
Both teams return to action on Sunday as the Beavers take on Aurora at 2:30 p.m., while the Lady Blues face Methodist at 11 a.m.
• Friday's matchup was the first in program history against Illinois College.
• The Beavers are unbeaten (4-0-2) in season openers going back to 2013.
• With her two goals on Friday, Fernandes is the 11th player in school history to score 20 or more goals and the 14th in Babson annals to surpass 50 points.
• The Beavers' five goals on Friday are their most in a season opener since scoring nine times in a shutout win over Salve Regina back in 2007.