SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—First-year Noah Labelle (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with a goal and an assist to help visiting Babson College defeat Springfield College, 2-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Brock Afleck Field.
Babson, which extended its unbeaten streak to three, is now 5-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play, while Springfield slips to 2-7-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, while senior Luke Beaulieu (Westfield, N.J.) and first-year Samuel Smith (Farmington, Maine) both collected an assist for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made two saves, both in the first half, to record his third shutout of the year.
First-years Qasim El-Ashkar (Salem, Mass.) and Chris Prizio (Trumbull, Conn.) combined to make seven saves for the Pride.
Labelle had a scoring chance cleared off the line by Springfield junior Mateusz Dziemian (Stamford, Conn.) in the 40th minute, and the hosts nearly went in front just over minute later only to see sophomore Jack Rosenberg's (Simsbury, Conn.) bid on the counter attack go just wide of the left post. Collins finally broke the stalemate in the 43rd minute, settling Labelle's cross at the top of the box and blasting a shot past El-Ashkar to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead.
Labelle doubled the advantage with 20 minutes remaining slotting a right-footed volley inside the back post off a beautiful service from Smith along the left sideline. The marker was the first of Labelle's career.
The Beavers outshot the Pride 11-3 over the final 45 minutes and 19-13 for the match. They also attempted all eight of the game's corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Endicott at 3:30 p.m., while Springfield travels to Framingham State on Monday at 3:45 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-6-4 all-time against Springfield and have won two straight regular season meetings in the series.
• Prior to Saturday, six consecutive matches between the sides had ended in a draw or been decided by a single goal.
• Babson's three straight clean sheets is its longest run without conceding a goal since posting four straight shutouts between September 26 and October 6 last season.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last nine NEWMAC regular season contests.