SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Springfield College scored three times over the first 26 minutes of the match on the way defeating visiting Babson College, 5-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the loss, Babson slips to 5-7-1 overall and 1-3-1 in league play, while Springfield improves to 10-3-1 overall and 5-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) and sophomore Deanna Ruggiero (Peabody, Mass.) both scored second-half goals for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) finished with three saves in the loss.
Junior Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) each scored twice for the Pride, which got a pair of saves from sophomore goalkeeper Bridget O'Connor (Hanover, Mass.).
Swetland gave Springfield a 1-0 lead just 4:26 into the match and Dale doubled advantage by converting a penalty kick following a foul in the box in the 16th minute. Dale wasn't done, scoring her 11th goal of the season to extend the margin to 3-0.
First-year Adalia Malick (Bristol, Conn.) converted a feed from senior Chrissy Conley (Bristol, R.I.) as the Pride pushed its lead to 4-0 in the 66th minute before McCabe scored her first goal of the season with a 25-yard strike just 1:12 later to put the Green and White on the board. Swetland notched her 11th goal of the year in the 70th minute for Springfield, while Ruggiero capped the scoring by finding the upper right corner from just outside the six-yard box for her first collegiate marker in the 84th minute.
The Pride outshot the Beavers 18-10 and both teams attempted four corner kicks in the match.
Babson returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it travels to Smith, while Springfield is set to visit Smith next Tuesday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are 7-18-4 all-time against Springfield.
• Wednesday's loss was Babson's first over its last five trips to Springfield dating back to 2013. The Beavers had won at Brock-Affleck field in both 2015 and 2017 after the sides tied in both 2013 and 2014.
• The seven combined goals scored by the teams on Wednesday are the most in 29 matches in the all-time series. The previous high was six with the teams trading 4-2 victories in 1999 and 2000.