September 5, 2016

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) finished with a goal and an assist as Babson College opened the season with a 2-2 double-overtime draw with visiting Endicott College on Monday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Sophomore Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) also scored for the Beavers, who stretched their home unbeaten streak to nine matches.

Senior Casey Mellen (Litchfield, N.H.) and sophomore Delaney Caggiano (Bristol, Conn.) each had a goal for the Gulls, while first-year Catherine Elkas (Holden, Mass.) chipped in with an assist.

Babson (0-0-1) got on the board first when Ford beat a pair of defenders going to her left at the top of the box before slipping a low shot inside the near post in the 17th minute. Endicott (2-0-1) wasted little time equalizing though, as Mellen collected an errant pass from a Beavers' defender and found the upper right corner from 30 yards out at the 20:03 mark.

Babson sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) tipped sophomore Abigail Silverstein's (Katonah, N.Y.) attempt over the bar in the 22nd minute to keep the game deadlocked, but the Gulls took their first lead a minute later when Caggiano touched home the rebound of a header by Elkas to make it 2-1.

Endicott junior goalkeeper Shelby Elwell (Litchfield, Conn.) made a sprawling save to deny Fernandes in the 32nd minute, and then dove to her right to turn away a blast by first-year Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) just before halftime. The Beavers had two more great opportunites to pull even in the second half, but Elwell came off her line to deny Fernandes in the 54th minute, and junior Olivia Kerster (Chappaqua, N.Y.) saw her volley deflect off the crossbar in the 66th minute.

Babson's pressure finally paid off in the 80th minute as Ford got to a loose ball at the top of the box and slide it through to Fernandes, who tucked her shot inside the left post to make it 2-2.

Ford nearly won the game in the first overtime before saving the Green and White from defeat in the second extra session. Elwell dove to her left to deny her blast following a cross form sophomore Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) in the 100th minute. Ford then cleared Silverstein's shot following a corner kick off the goal line with 2:29 to go in the match.

Mycock and sophomore Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.), who played the final 65 minutes, combined to make one save for Babson. Elwell stopped nine shots for Endicott.

The Beavers held a 16-10 edge in shots while each team attempted three corner kicks.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Bowdoin at 4:30 p.m., while the Gulls visit Eastern Nazarene for its conference opener on Saturday at 12 p.m.

•    The Beavers are now 4-4-1 all-time against Endicott.
•    Babson is 25-4-5 at home dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
•    The Beavers have tied each of their last six games that have gone to overtime, and are 2-2-9 in OT going back to the start of the 2014 campaign.
•    Babson has played to a draw in two of its last three season openers.

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