BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) scored his first career goal in the 79th minute to lift Babson College to a 2-1 win over Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 3-1-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league play, while Springfield falls to 5-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) had a goal and senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) assisted on both goals for the Beavers. Junior Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with four saves in the win.
Sophomore Justin Breedlove (Ellicott City, Md.) scored and senior Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) picked up an assist for the Pride. Classmate Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) turned away five shots in a losing effort.
Despite getting outshot 9-1 over the opening 45 minutes, the Green and White took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Czarnecki settled a nifty feed from Parker at the top of the box and blasted a shot past Frank, who was charging off his line, to score his first goal of the season in the 27th minute.
Heintzelman pushed away senior Brad Deckel's (Landsdale, Pa.) shot at the near post in the 13th minute and dove to his left to turn away first-year Andrew Ma's (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) attempt off a long throw in just after halftime. Springfield finally broke through on a set piece in the 67th minute as Arroyo's free kick from the left wing skipped through the box for Breedlove, who one-timed back inside the left post for the equalizer.
Hanlon put the Beavers back in front for good though with a header from the center of the box inside the right post off a free kick from Parker with 11:38 remaining. Parker had his bid for an insurance marker cleared off the line by a Pride defender in the 84th minute, and Heintzelman handled a pair of long services into the box in the waning minutes to close out the win.
Springfield finished with a 13-10 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to New England College at 4 p.m., while the Pride visits Wentworth on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 20-6-4 all-time against Springfield and are unbeaten in 10 straight matches against the Pride at home going back to 2002.
• With two assists on Saturday, Parker now has 17 for his career and is tied for 20th place on the program's all-time list.
• Babson is 2-0 this season and 55-4-1 going back to 2012 when scoring two or more goals.
• The Beavers have head eight different players score each of their eight goals this season.