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Field Hockey Loses to Babson 2-1

MIT Controls Play in 2nd Half But Both Babson Shots on Goal Go in

By Mindy Brauer

Jess Paladino’s unassisted goal with 9:31 left to play proved to be the game-winner for Babson College in a 2-1 field hockey win over MIT on Saturday. The victory lifted the Babson Beavers’ record to 7-7 (3-2 in NEWMAC) and dropped the Engineers’ to 4-10 (1-5 in the NEWMAC).

The first half was a defensive battle in which both teams combined for seven shots. Although Babson had a 4-1 edge in penalty corners, MIT turned away any scoring threats and kept the scoreboard empty through halftime.

The Engineers controlled the ball for the majority of the second half, but the Beavers converted on both of their two shots for the first goals of the game. Brittany Stevens ended the shutout at the 58:15 mark with an unassisted goal, and Paladino extended Babson’s lead just over two minutes later.

MIT cut its deficit in half on a Hee Jay Kang ’09 goal with 1:53 remaining in regulation. In a two-on-one situation against the Babson netminder, Elissa Slovin, Amanda P. Hunter ’07 took a shot that bounced off Slovin’s chest. Hunter gathered the rebound and pushed the ball to Kang for the score.

The Engineers continued to attack but they could not score the equalizer before the clock ran out.

In net, Alexa C. Herman ’08 collected three saves for MIT while Slovin made five stops.

The next opponent for both squads will be NEWMAC foe Clark University. Babson will host the Cougars today while MIT will do the same this Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m.