Beavers Return to NEWMAC Title Game for First Time Since 2015, Extend Winning Streak to Six
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) scored twice in the second half to help top-seeded Babson College defeat fourth-seeded Wheaton College, 2-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Thursday night at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which has won a season-high six straight games, improves to 12-2-4 overall and will make it first NEWMAC championship game appearance since 2015 on Saturday. Wheaton sees its season come to a close at 9-10-1 overall.
Senior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) and junior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) both picked up an assist for the Beavers, who are currently fourth in the NCAA regional rankings. Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made four saves to keep his ninth clean sheet of the year.
First-year Diego Medina (Yonkers, N.Y.) finished with three saves, while sophomore back Brady Smith (Medway, Mass.) cleared a pair of scoring chances off the line for the Lyons.
Following a scoreless first half, Crompton put the Green and White in front 1-0 in the 51st minute. Medina dove to his left to deny Ziad, but the rebound deflected off the crossbar and Crompton was all alone in the goal mouth to put it away.
Heintzelman made the save of the night diving to his right to deny a header by Wheaton junior Jules Stewart (Concord, Mass.) in the 73rd minute. Crompton then put the game away by completing his double just under five minutes later. Medina got a hand on Greenspan's 30-yard free kick, but it hit off the cross bar and Crompton beat three defenders to the loose to ball and headed in the rebound.
The Beavers were the more dangerous side in the first half, highlighted by a 12-4 edge in shots. Greenspan had his bid to put the Green and White in front following a corner kick cleared off the line by Smith in the ninth minute. First-year Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass. hit a right-footed shot of the outside off the post in the 23rd minute and senior Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) got in behind the defense but chipped his shot just over the crossbar in the 35th minute.
Babson held a 19-12 edge in shots and 5-4 advantage in corner kicks for the match.
The Beavers will host second-seeded Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the NEWMAC Tournament final.
• The Beavers are now 19-20-0 all-time against Wheaton and 7-6-0 against the Lyons in the conference playoffs.
• During its six-game winning streak that began with a 1-0 victory at Wheaton on October 13, Babson has outscored the opposition 14-2.
• The Beavers' 11 shutouts are their most since recording 13 back in 2006.
• Going back to 2006, Babson is 11-1-3 at home in NEWMAC Tournament matches.