BOSTON— Junior Veronica Alberts (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) netted the lone goal of the game in the 18th minute to lift third-seeded Emerson College to a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Babson College in a New England and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Rotch Field.
Babson sees its season come to an end at 7-10-2, while Emerson improves to 12-6-1 and advances to the conference semifinals for the first time since joining the NEWMAC in 2013.
Lions' senior Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) played a long ball that bounced over the Beavers' back line for Alberts, who hit a shot inside the hear post for what would ultimately be the game-winning goal less than 20 minutes into the match.
First-year goalkeeper Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) recorded three saves on the night for Babson, while Emerson first-year Megan Rose (Danville, Calif.) turned away five shots to record her eighth shutout of the season.
Junior Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I.) forced Rose to make a pair of saves over the first 11 minutes of the second half, but the Green and White struggled to create quality scoring chances. First-year Kaitlyn Korzec's (Whitman, Mass.) bid from distance was pushed wide for a corner in the 87th minute. Junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) put the ensuing corner kick in the box, but the Beavers were unable to find a late equalizer.
Both teams finished with 10 shots and the Green and White held a slim 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
Emerson will take on second-seeded Springfield in a semifinal match on Thursday.
• The Beavers are 5-2-0 all-time against the Lions with both losses coming by a one-goal margin this season.
• Tuesday's loss dropped Babson to 12-12-4 all-time in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.
• Senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) ends her career ranked eighth in school history with 28 goals and is tied for eighth all-time in points (68) along with assistant coach Jessica DiPhilippo '15.
• Babson has now been shutout in its last six conference tournament losses going back to 2010.