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NEWMAC Semifinal Preview: Women's Soccer at MIT

NEWMAC Semifinal Preview: Women's Soccer at MIT

2013 NEWMAC Women's Soccer Tournament--Semifinals
No. 5 Women's Soccer at No. 1 MIT
Saturday, November 9—11:00am
Jack Berry Field—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 36th time on Saturday morning in a series that dates back to 1985. The Beavers are 24-6-5 all-time against the Engineers but will be looking for their first win in the series since 2010.

The sides will meet for the seventh time in NEWMAC/NEW 8 Tournament history on Saturday, but just the first time since 2010. Babson is 4-0-2 all-time against MIT in conference tournament matches, advancing on penalties in both the 2006 quarterfinals and 2010 semifinals.

Junior Michelle Battipaglia scored just 1:12 before halftime, and classmates Ambika Krishnamachar and Faith O'Brien, along with first-year Kathleen Chen each tacked on second-half scores as MIT rolled to a 4-0 win over Babson on October 26 in Cambridge.

Kristy Benoit '11 scored the game's only goal just 3:38 into the contest and Lisa Wojnar '12 made seven saves as the Beavers topped MIT, 1-0, in its regular season finale on October 30, 2010 in Babson Park.

MIT (13-2-3, 8-1-1 NEWMAC), which is currently ranked sixth in the NCAA regional rankings, enters Saturday's match unbeaten in its last nine games (8-0-1) going back to September 28. Krishnamachar scored twice and chipped in with a pair of assists in the Engineers 5-1 victory over Coast Guard in their regular season finale last Saturday. Krishnamachar is tied for second in the conference with 11 goals and 26 points on the year, while senior Rachel Dias Carlson has scored three times to go along with a team-high six assists, and is second on the team with 12 points. Classmate Michaelann Rodriguez has chipped in with five goals and sophomore Morgan Moroi has scored three times and has four assists for MIT. First-year goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann has started all 18 games this fall and leads the league in goals against average (0.50) and save percentage (.914), while conceding just six goals this fall. MIT claimed the NEWMAC title after reaching the championship game in both 2009 and 2011.

Babson (10-4-4, 4-3-3 NEWMAC) is coming off a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over fourth-seeded Wellesley on Tuesday to reach the league semifinals for the second consecutive season, and third time in the last four years. Junior Jessica DiPhilippo volleyed home a cross from senior Mika Cucullo in the 62nd minute and junior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis made nine saves to help the Beavers advance past their cross-town rival. DiPhilippo leads the Green and White with seven goals and six assists while classmate Jenny Moore has tallied six goals to go along with four assists. Cucullo and fellow senior Meghan Andrew have combined to score nine goals while tacking on three assists on the year. Kapotsis has started all 18 games for Babson and is fourth in the NEWMAC in both goals against average (0.93) and save percentage (.806), while posting three solo and nine combined shutouts this fall. The Beavers are looking to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2010. 

The Green and White is 7-5-2 all-time in the semifinal round of the NEWMAC/NEW 8 Tournament, advancing to the championship game on eight occasions.