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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Springfield

Men's Soccer vs. Springfield
Saturday, September 22 | 2 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 30th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1973. The Beavers are 19-6-4 all-time against the Pride but had their 17-match unbeaten streak snapped last season.

LAST MEETING
• Danny Murphy scored in the 55th minute to help the then-No. 19/24 Pride edge Babson, 1-0, on September 23, 2017, in Springfield.
• James Takami '18 made seven saves for the Beavers, while senior Stewart Frank finished with two stops for the Pride.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Adam Villari '17 touched home his own rebound in the 98th minute to lift the Beavers to a 2-1 OT victory over the Pride on October 15, 2016, in Springfield.
• Kofi Abankroh '17 converted a first-half penalty for Babson and Luke Alvaro scored in the 56th minute for the Pride.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (5-2-0, 1-0-0 NEWMAC) has won two straight games after edging Gordon, 1-0, on Tuesday.
• Brad Deckel scored on a free kick in the 52nd minute and Stewart Frank made a pair of saves for the Pride.
• Deckel (3-1-7) has notched a pair of game-winning goals, senior Christian Schneider has scored twice, and first-year Joseph Olaynack leads the team with three assists.
• Frank boasts a 0.59 goals against average and a .826 save percentage to go along with four shutouts in seven starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-1-3, 0-0-1 NEWMAC) suffered a 2-1 loss, its first of the season, after conceding in the 90th minute at Williams last Sunday.
• First-year Ben Cawood scored his first collegiate goal in the sixth minute and junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman made four saves for the Beavers.
• First-year Mitchell Collins (1-2-4) leads the team in scoring, while classmates Evan Gaudreau and Ross Shellow and junior Alex Crompton have each scored once on the year.
• Heintzelman has posted a 0.60 goals against average and a .897 goals against average to go along with three clean sheets in six starts.

AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS
• Heintzelman is tied for 24th in Division III in save percentage and enters the weekend in a tie for 31st in shutouts this fall.

LITTLE SEPARATION
• Dating back to 2015, 18 of Babson's 24 matches against NEWMAC foes have been decided by a single goal or ended in a draw.

MIDDLE OF A TOUGH STRETCH
• Coming off back-to-back matches against teams ranked in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll, the Beavers face a Pride squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Following Saturday's test against Springfield, Babson his the road for three straight games, which includes next Saturday's tilt at MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 2-0-3 this season and 20-5-7 going back to 2015 when conceding one goal or less.

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