Goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar ’12 became just the second Babson women’s soccer player to earn conference Player of the Year honors, and Jessica DiPhilippo ’15 was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. The Beavers finished 11-5-2. Named to the All-NEWMAC Second Team, Meg Flaherty ’12 became the first Babson volleyball player to earn three All-Conference awards. Graduating with 1,378 career kills, the most in program history, Flaherty helped Babson post a 17-13 record. The golf team won its second NECC Championship in three years and secured the program’s eighth NCAA Tournament bid this fall. Joe Young ’12 earned NECC Golfer of the Year honors for the second straight year.

An Unlikely Star

By Chris Buck

Never in his collegiate career had reserve midfielder Salomon Guindi ’12 played goalie. In the NCAA Tournament second round game against Trinity, he got his chance with the season on the line.

Guindi already had made a big impact on the game late in regulation play. With the team trailing Trinity, 1-0, and the Beavers’ chances dwindling, the midfielder recorded an assist on a game-tying goal by Eric Anderson ’13 with just 2:10 remaining. The game ended in a
1-1 tie.

In that critical moment, coach Jon Anderson ’75, P’04, ’08, ’13, ’13, made the call to put Guindi in net. “Salo had always been great at stopping PKs [penalty kicks] in practice,” says Anderson. “Most of the time it was just messing around, but over the last few weeks of the season we began to take it much more seriously. When the time came, we took a shot.”

Guindi thrilled the boisterous Babson fans at Hartwell-Rogers Field, making spectacular saves on Trinity’s first two PK attempts, while the third bid went wide. Meanwhile, Babson converted all three of its kicks to clinch victory. Guindi credited his two clutch PK saves to being able to guess where the ball was headed. “You just have to know it’s all luck,” he says.

With a final record of 16-3-4, the Beavers’ season eventually ended with a 1-0 loss to Rutgers-Camden in the round of 16. Jon Anderson was named conference Coach of the Year for the ninth time, and his son, Eric, was chosen as NEWMAC Player of the Year for the second straight season. Eric, captain Max Walker ’12, and goalie Peter Crowley ’12 were named to the Division III All-America Teams, the first time three Babson players were recognized with this national honor.

Salomon Guindi ’12 stops a penalty kick against Trinity.

Salomon Guindi ’12 stops a penalty kick against Trinity.