NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Felicia Lombardi's goal with 18:01 left proved to be the game winner as Coast Guard beat Babson for just the second time in school history with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Beavers in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
The Bears improve to 6-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play while Babson drops to 4-6-2 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Babson was 15-1-2 all-time in the series against the Bears entering the game. Coast Guard beat Babson 1-0 in 2004 for its only other win over the Beavers. Today was time the Bears scored against Babson since 2010.
With the score tied 2-2, Lombardi's goal from freshman Brielle Pearce gave the Bears a 3-2 lead with just over 18 minutes left.
Sophomore Kylee Ballard added an insurance goal with a laser to the upper right corner from the top of the box with 12:10 left.
Senior Emma Dineen scored from freshman Alexis Fortune with 10:22 left to cut the deficit to 4-3 and senior Jessica Fernandes almost tied the game with her third goal of the game, hitting the crossbar with seven minutes left.
Freshman Katharina Commins made nine saves to improve to 6-4-1 on the season. Freshman Kayla Salmon (1-5-1) had two saves for Babson.
Junior Claire Hurley blasted a shot from the top of the box with 15:10 left in the first half to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Fernandes pulled the Beavers even with just 45 seconds left in the opening half off a rebound from junior Maya King.
Fernandes would give Babson the lead just 2:16 into the second half when she took a pass from senior Emma Dineen and found the back of the net.
Coast Guard freshman Brielle Pearce would pull the Bears even scoring in the 54th minute to make the score 2-2 with Hurley adding her school record tying seventh assist of the season.
Babson outshot the Bears 16-13.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Smith for a NEWMAC game at 4:00.