Program History

Overview
The women's soccer program achieved varsity status in 1981. In the three decades since, the team has amassed an overall record of 309-240-52 for a .557 winning percentage while winning four conference championships and earning seven postseason bids.

The Early Years
In its first season of varsity competition, the Babson women's soccer team posted a stellar 9-2-1 record under head coach Donna Tanner. Among the team's victories that season were wins over Brandeis, Bryant, Boston University, and Curry.

Although Babson would finish below the .500 mark in each of the next nine seasons, the team still had several key highlights in its first decade of play. The 1983 squad became the first in program history to earn a postseason bid, qualifying for and advancing to the finals of the MAIAW Class 3 State Tournament. Two years later, Julie Doscher '88 became the team's first-ever All-New England Selection, and in 1987, Babson participated in conference play for the first time by joining the New England Women's 6 (NEW 6) - a league that would soon after be known as the NEW 8 and later the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This time period also saw the graduation of future Athletics Hall of Famers Judy Pearson '85 and Jenn Gottberg '88, as well as the arrival of legendary head coach Judy Blinstrub, who would go on to amass 200 career victories and six conference Coach of the Year awards, and one New England Coach of the Year honor over 21 seasons from 1984 to 2004.

A Star Arrives
In the fall of 1990, Babson soccer welcomed one of the finest athletes in its history, as Julie Tienken '94 began a record-setting career for the Beavers. Over the next four years, Tienken would earn four All-Conference awards, three league Player of the Year honors, two All-New England selections, and the first two All-America awards in program history, including a First Team selection in 1993. More importantly, the future Hall of Fame inductee raised the women's soccer program to regional prominence, as her teams went 35-3-1 in her final two campaigns, winning back-to-back NEW 8 Championships and making two straight appearances in the ECAC New England Tournament, including a trip to the finals in 1993. Tienken would graduate in 1994 as the program's all-time record holder for single-season goals (20), career goals (48), career assists (25), and career points (145).

Babson's reign continued after Tienken's graduation, as the program won its third straight NEW 8 title and earned its third consectutive ECAC Tournament bid in 1994. The Beavers then won the NEWMAC Championship in the league's first year in 1998 while also making its fourth ECAC Tournament appearance of the decade.

End of an Era
Before stepping down as head coach, Blinstrub guided Babson to 13 wins an ECAC Tournament bid in 2001 and then 10 victories and another ECAC appearance in her final season of 2004. Sarah Dacey then took the reigns as head coach in 2005 and led the Beavers to 50 wins over the next five years, as well a trip to the NEWMAC Finals in 2007, before longtime assistant Nellie Pineault led the team to an 11-7-2 mark and another conference championship game appearance in her first season as head coach in 2010.

Individual Highlights
In addition to Tienken, the Babson women's soccer program has produced a number of exceptional stars in its three decades of existence. Helen Karalis '95 became the program's first Conference Rookie of the Year selection in 1991 and later earned All-New England First Team Honors as a senior. Kate Donahue '00 became the team's first player to earn All-New England selections in three consecutive seasons, a feat which Toni Pantuosco '05 and Meg Lynch '08 repeated during their respective careers. Another All-New England honoree was Lori Vengrow '94, whose tragic passing in 1998 led Babson to establish its annual Lori Vengrow Award in her honor. Most recently, Lisa Wojnar '12 made an incredibly successful transition from the field to the goalkeeper position, posting a 21-11-4 record with a 0.61 GAA, a .911 save percentage, and 19 shutouts in two seasons in net. In 2011, Wojnar joined Tienken as the only two players in program history to earn conference Player of the Year honors.

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