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Kapotsis, Narlee Lift Babson’s Defense

Kapotsis, Narlee Lift Babson’s Defense

By Marvin Pave / Boston Globe

Babson College junior women's soccer goalie Melina Kapotsis and freshman back Jennifer Narlee are two reasons for the success of the Beavers' stingy defense — three goals allowed through seven games.

Kapotsis, a Watertown High grad in her second year as a starter for Babson, had a 5-0-1 record while Narlee (Medfield High) started all seven games prior to Tuesday's match against Endicott and had one assist.

Narlee was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after playing 84 minutes in a 3-1 win over Emmanuel, checking out just prior to the Saints' only goal, and then played 90 minutes last weekend when the Beavers opened up conference play with a 3-0 victory over Mount Holyoke College.

"Melina loves the sport. You can see it in practices and games and she brings her best to the field every single day,'' said Babson head coach Nellie Pineault, whose team started the season 6-0-1.

"And Jen came in and made an immediate impact. She has a presence on the field beyond her years.''