BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College exploded for three goals in the span of 16 minutes late in the second half on its way to defeating visiting Clarkson University, 3-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the win, Babson is now 2-0-0 on the year, while Clarkson slips to 1-1-0.
Junior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.), sophomore Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) and first-year Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) all scored for the Beavers, who fell behind 1-0 in the 64th minute. Juniors Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine), classmate Carlo Araujo (Mexico City, Mexico) and first-year Samuel Lalor (Washington, D.C.) all chipped in with an assist in the victory.
Senior Kevin Calnan (Winchester, Mass.), who scored three times at Wheaton on Friday, finished a cross from classmate Josh Eidem (Pittsford, N.Y.) for his fourth goal of the year at the 63:22 mark. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Roeloffs (Warwick, N.Y.) made a career-high eight saves in a losing effort for the Golden Knights.
Babson wasted little time responding to Calnan's marker as Josephs struck for the first goal of his career just 2:11 later. Araujo chested down a cross from Lalor in the middle of the box and Josephs blasted it past Roeloffs for the equalizer.
The Green and White went in front for good in the 76th minute on a beautiful goal by Greenspan. After Clarkson was whistled for a foul 30 yards from goal, Greenspan raced past a defender and put a service from Parker into the left corner with a sliding strike.
Ziad tacked on an insurance tally in the 82nd minute when he got behind the Golden Knights' defense and touched the ball past Roeloffs, who was forced off his line, before finding the empty net for the final margin.
Senior goalkeeper James Takami (Kenmore, Wash.) finished with four saves for the Beavers, who finished with a 15-11 edge in shots. Clarkson held a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to defending national champion Tufts at 7 p.m., while Clarkson visits Utica for a 4 p.m. start.
• The Beavers are now 1-0-1 all-time against Clarkson. The only previous meeting between the sides ended in a draw in 2003.
• The Green and White is now 6-0-3 in its last nine non-conference home games going back to September 10 of last season.
• After recording just one victory when conceding the first goal over the last two years, the Beavers have now done it twice in as many matches.
• Babson has now won 108 straight games when scoring three goals or more dating back to 1999.