With the win, Babson improves to 12-5 overall and remains perfect in NEWMAC play at 7-0. Springfield is now 8-8, 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
The Beavers got the scoring started early with their first goal coming just four minutes in when junior Anneliese Brosch (Essex, Mass.) received the ball from Kelly on a penalty corner and took the hard shot to the lower right corner for the goal.
Babson’s second goal came at 32:54 when Kelly carried the ball into the circle and took a hard shot from the right side. The ball deflected off a Springfield defender into the cage giving Babson the 2-0 lead entering the break.
Kelly’s second goal of the day came with just under ten minutes remaining in the game when Babson was awarded a penalty corner and Kelly was able to capitalize giving the Beavers the 3-0 lead.
The Pride picked up the momentum in the second half and had their best opportunity of the day in the final minute when senior midfielder Meg Bradley (Cumberland, R.I.) took a hard shot to the lower left corner of the goal, but Babson junior goalkeeper Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) made the diving stick save to earn the shutout.
Pashos finished with three saves on the day, while Springfield junior goalkeeper Alison McCarthy (North Andover, Mass.) tallied seven saves.
Springfield finishes out their regular season next Saturday when it travels to Mount Holyoke College.
With the win, Babson remains the only unbeaten team in NEWMAC competition at 7-0 and has clinched a first round bye in the NEWMAC championship tournament. The Beavers will take on MIT next Saturday at 1pm in their final regular season contest. The winner of that game will earn the #1 seed in the NEWMAC tournament and will be the host institution for the championship weekend November 6-7.