NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Soccer at Emerson

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Soccer at Emerson

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Women's Soccer at Emerson
Tuesday, October 30 | TBA
Rotch Field | Boston, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Emerson will meet for just the seventh time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 2013. The Beavers are 5-1-0 all-time against the Lions.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Tuesday's quarterfinal will be the first postseason meeting between Babson and Emerson.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Jess Frost had a goal and two assists to lift Emerson to a 3-2 win over Babson on October 19 in Boston.
• Senior Jessica DeLuca and junior Maggie McCabe both scored for the Beavers, who trailed 2-0 at halftime. Seniors Kira Venturini and Paige Haley chipped in with goals for the Lions.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Senior Emma Dineen had a goal and an assist to help the Beavers defeat visiting Emerson, 3-0, on October 21, 2017, at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
• McCabe also scored and senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick made four saves for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Third-seeded Emerson (10-6-1, 6-3-1 NEWMAC), which returns to the conference tournament for the first time since 2016, had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at MIT on Saturday.
• First-year goalkeeper Sophia Giordano finished with 10 saves for the Lions, who were blanked for the first time since September 19.
• Frost (7-7-21) is tied for seventh in the league in scoring, Haley (6-0-12) scored four times in NEWMAC play, and first-year Grace Cosgrove (4-1-9) is tied for second on the team two game-winning goals.
• First-year goalkeeper Megan Rose owns a 1.82 goals against average and a .786 save percentage to go along with one shutout in 14 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Sixth-seeded Babson (7-9-2, 4-6-0 NEWMAC) is making its 30th straight conference tournament appearance after defeating Mount Holyoke, 3-1, on Friday.
• Senior Jessica Fernandes scored twice in the span of 10 minutes and DeLuca added a late penalty kick for the Beavers, who erased a 1-0 halftime deficit.
• Fernandes (9-3-21) is tied for seventh in the league in scoring, Dineen (6-4-16) has scored two game-winning goals, and McCabe (4-4-12) is tied for the team lead in assists.
• One of three goalkeepers to start this fall, first-year Kayla Salmon has gone 4-5-1 with a 1.68 goals against average and a .724 save percentage to go along with one shutout.

COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
• In addition to her two second-half tallies on Friday, Fernandes scored the go-ahead goal late in the first half of Tuesday's win at Wellesley on her way to earning NEWMAC Offensive Co-Player of the Week honors on Monday.
• With three goals last week she now ranks eighth in school history with 28 goals and is tied for eighth all-time in points (68) along with assistant coach Jessica DiPhilippo '15.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• Babson is 12-11-4 all-time in conference tournament quarterfinals and has moved on to the semifinal round in five of the last seven seasons.
• The Beavers' last road quarterfinal match came in 2013 when DiPhilippo scored in the 62nd minute on the way to a 1-0 win over Wellesley.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• Dineen, Fernandes, McCabe and senior Katherine Cullen have combined to score six goals in the NEWMAC Tournament over the last three seasons.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have scored at least two goals in all seven of their wins this season.