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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. MIT

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. MIT

Men's Soccer vs. MIT
Saturday, October 5 | 1 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 39-9-5 all-time against MIT in a series that dates back to 1976.
• The Beavers, who have split their last five matches with the Engineers, are seeking their first victory in the series since 2016.
• Going back to the 2012 NEWMAC Tournament, eight of the last nine games between the teams have been decided by no more than a single goal.

LAST MEETING
• Babson senior Steven Heintzelman made four saves and his MIT counterpart, senior Jeremy Cowham, finished with three stops as the sides played to a 0-0 2OT draw on September 29, 2018, in Cambridge.
• The Engineers finished with a slim 16-12 edge in shots, while the Beavers had a goal called back following an offside call less than a minute into extra time.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MIT (4-1-4, 1-0-1 NEWMAC) had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-0 loss at Brandeis on Tuesday.
• Cowham made eight saves in the loss for the Engineers, who have now conceded a goal in seven consecutive matches.
• Sophomore Peter Novoa (4-2-10) and first-year Richter Brzeski (3-2-8) are tied for the team lead in assists, while senior Isaac Perper (3-0-6) has scored a pair of game-winning goals.
• In nine starts, Cowham owns a 1.12 goals against average and a .788 save percentage to go along with one shutout.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-4-1, 1-0-1 NEWMAC) suffered its first loss in four games on Tuesday, falling in double overtime to Endicott, 3-2.
• Junior Andrew Josephs scored in the 22nd minute and the 80th minute for the Beavers, who did not attempt a shot in either OT period.
• Sophomore Mitchell Collins (7-3-17) is tied for the conference lead in goals, Josephs has contributed three goals for six points in 10 matches, and first-year Ryan Grund (1-4-6) is second on the team in assists.
• Heintzelman has started seven games posting a 1.15 goals against average and a .789 save percentage while keeping three clean sheets this fall.

TOP BILLING
• Both Babson and MIT have taken four points from their first two NEWMAC contests and enter Saturday's match seeking to take sole possession of first place in the league standings.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last nine regular season conference fixtures (6-0-3), while the Engineers have gone 3-0-2 over their last five games against NEWMAC opponents.

COLLINS GARNERS NEWMAC RECOGNITION
• After scoring twice and tacking on an assist for five points in two matches, Collins was tabbed as the league's offensive player of the week on Monday for the second time this season.
• Collins recorded an assist in Tuesday's loss to Endicott and has now produced at least one point in three straight games.

BEAVER BITES
• First-year Mateos Norian picked up the first assist of his career in Tuesday's loss giving the Green and White 15 players with at least one point on the year.
• Babson ranks 19th in Division III averaging 2.50 assists per game.
• Senior Ben Holman is tied for second in the NEWMAC and 30th nationally with five assists this fall.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have outscored their opponents 11-3 in the first half this season.

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