WORCESTER, Mass.—Third-seeded WPI scored three times in the span of 17 minutes early in the second half on the way to defeating seventh-seeded Babson College, 4-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium.
Babson, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, ends the season at 9-9-2, while WPI improves to 16-4-1 with its third consecutive victory. The Engineers will travel to top-seeded MIT for the NEWMAC Tournament final on Saturday.
First-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) finished with eight saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 18-14 in the match.
Juniors Leah Beauton (Colchester, Conn.) and Lauren Kaija (Reading, Vt.), sophomore Ranya Basma (Shirley, Mass.) and first-year Annika Keck (Oakland, Calif.) all scored for WPI, which got three saves apiece from senior Mandy St. Germain (Upton, Mass.) and Lauren Francis (Natick, Mass.).
Basma put the hosts on top in the 38th minute after running onto a through ball from first-year Caitlin Bonavita (Wilbraham, Mass.) and pushing it past Fedosiewich and into the empty net for her second goal of the season. Beauton doubled the Engineers' advantage less than five minutes into the second half with her 13th marker of the year.
Kaija headed home Basma's corner kick at the far post in the 64th minute, and Keck capped the scoring in the 67th minute when she put away her own rebound following another corner by Bonavita to make it 4-0.
Babson's best chance of the match came in the 23rd minute when sophomore Katie Korzec (Whitman, Mass.) got behind the WPI defense and forced St. Germain off her line to make a sprawling save on a shot from the top of the box to keep the game scoreless.
• The Beavers are now 13-11-3 all-time against WPI.
• Thursday's match was the first in the postseason between Babson and WPI since 1997 when both were members of the NEW 8 Conference.
• The Beavers were making their sixth NEWMAC semifinal appearance in the last eight seasons.
• With eight stops on Thursday night, Fedosiewich ends her rookie campaign in ninth place on the program's single-season list with 142 saves. Her total is also the most by a Babson goalkeeper since 2000.