Beavers Stay Unbeaten in NEWMAC with Third Straight Win
WORCESTER, Mass.—Visiting Babson College scored twice inside of five minutes early in the second half to rally for a 2-1 win over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.
With its third straight win, Babson improves to 9-2-4 overall and 4-0-2 in league play. Clark slips to 10-4-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) and first-year Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) each had a goal for the Beavers, who are ranked eighth in the initial NCAA regional rankings. Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with seven saves in the victory.
Junior Charlie Lane (Southborough, Mass.) scored his fifth goal of the season for the Cougars, who got six saves from sophomore goalkeeper Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.).
Clark took the lead into halftime thanks to Lane's goal in the 28th minute. Following a long throw-in into the box from the left sideline, Heintzelman came off his line to make a kick save on junior Sean Munroe's (Silver Spring, Md.) chance from just outside the six-yard box. Babson was unable to clear the ball out of danger though, and it bounced to Lane, who volleyed home inside the left post from the top of the bubble for a 1-0 lead.
The Green and White pulled level less than 10 minutes into the second half when Shellow converted a penalty kick for his second goal of the year after junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) was tripped up inside the box. Fellow junior Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) just missed a chance to put the Beavers ahead a little over three minutes later when his strike from 25 yards banged off the left post.
Babson's pressure paid off moments later though, as Parker netted the go-ahead tally with a tremendous volley. Crompton's service into the box from the top of the bubble was headed to Parker by a Clark defender on the right side of the box and he blasted the loose ball inside the far post for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Beavers' defense made it stand up as Heintzelman turned away four shots over the final 15 minutes, which included denying a bending 20-yard free kick by junior Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) in the 77th minute.
The Green and White finished with a 15-13 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Bridgewater State at 7 p.m., while Clark travels to WPI next Saturday at 10 a.m.
• The Beavers are 37-17-6 all-time against Clark and have lost just once in the last 11 meetings between the programs.
• Parker has scored a goal in four consecutive matches and has at least one point in each of the last six games.
• Babson improves to 9-0-4 this season when conceding one goal or less.
• Saturday's victory was the first since 2012 for the Beavers when trailing at halftime. Babson has been down just twice at halftime this season and only 19 times in its last 126 fixtures.