SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Babson College women's soccer team's magical late-season run came to an unfortunate end on Sunday, as the second-seeded Beavers fell to top-seeded Springfield College, 1-0, in the championship game of the 2010 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.
With the win, Springfield (15-4-0) claimed its second NEWMAC
Championship in three years and its third in the past six seasons,
while Babson sees its season come to a close with a stellar record
Babson held a slight 5-3 advantage in shots in an evenly-played first half, while Springfield had a slim 2-1 edge in corner kicks. The Pride then turned on the offensive pressure in the second half, putting up nine shots to Babson’s one.
Springfield tallied the only goal of the afternoon in the 49th minute, as senior midfielder Suzanne Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) received a pass from junior midfielder Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, Mass.) inside the box and slipped a shot past Babson junior goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) at 48:48. That would prove to be enough for sophomore goalkeeper Erin Greenstein (Framingham, Mass.), who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after finishing with four saves in the shutout victory.
One of the team’s brightest stars this fall, Wojnar capped off her remarkable junior season with seven saves in defeat. The converted back filled in at goalie for injured senior captain Kristy Benoit (Shrewsbury, Mass.) just three games into the season and went on to post a 0.64 goals against average, a .910 save percentage, and nine shutouts in 18 starts in net.
Led by first-year head coach Nellie Pineault, Babson was making just its second appearance in the conference finals since 1999. The Beavers received a first-round bye and then advanced past third-seeded MIT in penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie in Saturday’s semifinals.