BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Babson College scored twice over the final 6:01 to defeat Mount Holyoke College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Babson improved to 8-7-3 overall and 5-3-3 in league play while clinching the third seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament. Mount Holyoke, which went winless in its final 14 matches, ends the year at 2-14-2 overall and 0-9-1 in the conference.
Juniors Julia Lindsay (Newton, Mass.) and Jessica DeLuca (Sudbury, Mass.) each scored for the Beavers, while sophomore Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) recorded two assists in the win. Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made three saves in the victory.
Sophomore Minerva Veeser-Bobea (Arlington, Mass.) gave the Lyons a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute when she took a feed from senior Sara Sanau Ruiz (Zaragoza, Spain) and eluded Gierschick before depositing the ball in the open net. Despite a 29-4 edge in shots, the Green and White was unable to equalize until the 84th minute when Lindsay headed home McCabe's corner kick from the middle of the box for her first career marker.
The Beavers, who forced Mount Holyoke junior goalkeeper Amanda Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif.) to make seven second-half saves, took the lead for good just four minutes later when DeLuca notched her second goal of the season off a another corner from McCabe in the 88th minute.
Manaster, who leads the NEWMAC in saves, turned away 12 shots on the day for the Lyons.
Babson outshot Mount Holyoke 16-2 over the final 45 minutes and finished the game with a 12-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Beavers will return to action on Tuesday when they host sixth-seeded Clark in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. The sides played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw back in September.
• Babson is now 26-10-1 all-time against Mount Holyoke and has gone 11-1-1 over its last 13 matches against the Lyons.
• The Beavers have earned at least a point in 14 of their last 17 conference road games going back to 2015.
• The Green and White is 8-0-3 this season when scoring two or more goals, and is unbeaten in 33 straight NEWMAC fixtures when scoring at least twice.
• Babson is 5-1-2 in the month of October.