Anderson, Walker, Crowley Make Men's Soccer History With All-America Selections
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College men's soccer program made history on Thursday, placing three players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-America Teams. Junior Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass.) was named All-America First Team for the second straight season, while senior captain Max Walker (Newton, Mass.) and senior goalie Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass.) were each selected to the All-America Third Team. This was the seventh time in the 57-year history of the program that Babson had multiple players receive national honors, but it was the first time that three players were recognized.
The son of NSCAA New England Coach of the Year Jon Anderson '75, Eric Anderson becomes just the ninth player in program history to earn multiple All-America honors in his career. The junior forward earned his second consecutive NEWMAC Athlete of the Year award and his third straight NSCAA All-New England First Team selection after leading the league with 15 goals and five assists for 35 points this fall. With one season left to play, he already boasts career totals of 41 goals and 24 assists for 107 points. He is just the third Babson men's soccer player to reach the 100-point mark, and he trails only two-time All-American Tim Winn '09 (56-29-141) on the program's all-time goals and points lists.
Crowley caps off his record-setting goalkeeping career with his first-ever All-American award. An All-NEWMAC First Team and NSCAA All-Region First Team honoree for the second year in a row, he went 16-3-4 with a career-best 0.79 GAA and an .827 save percentage. He gave up just 19 goals in 23 games while making 91 saves and posting seven shutouts. He will graduate this May as the program's all-time leader with 59 goalkeeping victories in his outstanding career.
Another two-time All-New England honoree, Walker joins Crowley with his first-ever All-America selection. The veteran midfielder ranked second on the Beavers with 19 points this fall. His team-high nine assists were the most in the NEWMAC, while his five goals ranked third on the Beavers and 12th in the conference. He ended his Babson soccer career ranked 13th on the program's all-time points list with 17 goals and 24 assists for 58 points in four seasons.
Anchored by its All-American trio, Babson bounced back from losses in its first two contests to go 16-0-4 over its next 20 games - the longest active unbeaten streak in all of Division III heading into the team's final game of the year. Overall, the Beavers went 16-3-4 and were ranked as high as 11th in the country before finishing the year 13th in the NSCAA National Poll. Babson also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Round of 16 for the second consecutive season.