WILLIMANTIC, Conn.—Visiting Babson College conceded three times in just over a11 minutes early in the second half and suffered a 3-0 loss at Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Nevers Field.
Babson, which suffered its first loss of the season, slips to 2-1-1, while Eastern Connecticut improves to 3-1-0.
Senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with three saves for the Beavers, who held a 20-9 edge in shots.
Seniors Anna Manser (Manchester, Conn.) and Aly Clark (Mystic, Conn.) and junior Abbey Fitzsimmons (West Hartford, Conn.) all scored for the Warriors. Senior Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, Mass.) and junior Erin Collins (Millis, Mass.) each made six saves to help the hosts register their third consecutive clean sheet.
Following a scoreless opening half, Eastern Connecticut got on the board thanks to Manser's strike inside the left post from the center of the box in the 54th minute. Fitzsimmons doubled the advantage by one-touching a cross from senior Hannah Goodale (Coventry, Conn.) just past the hour mark, and Clarke converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute to make it 3-0.
Babson had a number of chances to cut into the deficit over the final 20 minutes, but was unable to break through. Collins made a save on a 20-yard shot by junior Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I.) in the 73rd minute, and followed it up with another stop on first-year Katelyn Korzec's (Whitman, Mass.) bid from the top of the box. Korzec also just missed getting a touch to junior Maggie McCabe's (Weston, Mass.) free kick in the 76th minute.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Babson visits UMass Boston, while Eastern Connecticut travels to 25th-ranked Brandeis.
• Saturday's match was just the second all-time and first since 20021 between the Beavers and Warriors. Both teams now own a win in the series.
• Babson has been shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since failing to score against Mount Holyoke and Brandeis on September 19 and 22, 2015.
• Saturday's loss snapped the Beavers' six-game road unbeaten streak.