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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. No. 1/1 Tufts

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. No. 1/1 Tufts

Men's Soccer vs. No. 1/1 Tufts
Tuesday, October 8 | 3:30 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 8-9-0 all-time against Tufts in a series that dates back to 1965.
• The Jumbos have won three straight meetings between the teams, although the programs did not play between 2001-16.
• Tuesday's match marks Tufts first visit to Babson since the 2000 ECAC Tournament quarterfinals.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore William Raphael scored the go-ahead goal in the 39th minute and senior Zach Lane tacked on an insurance marker in the 81st minute to help Tufts defeat Babson, 3-1, on October 9, 2018, in Medford.
• Noah Parker '19 scored in the 26th minute for the Beavers, who got five saves from senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman.
• Senior Gavin Tasker had a goal and classmate Brett Rojas contributed two assists for the Jumbos.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• No. 1/1 Tufts (8-0-1) enters Tuesday's match riding a 30-game unbeaten streak following Saturday's 2-0 victory over Trinity.
• Rojas and junior Max Jacobs both scored for the Jumbos, who limited to the Bantams to just one shot on target.
• Jacobs (3-4-10) is tied for the team lead in assists, junior Alex Ratzan (4-2-10) is first on the team in goals, and Braun (2-3-7) has produced six points over the last five matches.
• Junior goalkeeper Will Harned is 7-0-1 with a 0.51 goals against average, a .733 save percentage and four clean sheets in eight starts this fall.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-4-2) is coming of a 1-1 2OT draw with MIT on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
• First-year Noah Labelle scored the equalizer in the 71st minute for the Beavers, who outshot the Engineers 31-5 on the day.
• Sophomore Mitchell Collins (7-3-17) has notched three game-winning goals, junior Andrew Josephs (3-0-6) scored twice in last week's loss to Endicott, and senior Ben Holman (0-6-6) is tied for 19th in Division III in assists.
• Heintzelman has made eight starts and owns a 1.10 goals against average and a .780 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.

GETTING TO KNOW THE NESCAC
• Tuesday's match is the third of four this season for Babson against opponents from the NESCAC. The Beavers, who host Connecticut College on October 15, suffered a 3-2 OT loss at then-No. 6/2 Amherst on September 10 and lost 3-0 to Williams at home on September 15.

COMING ON STRONG
• In four games since September 25, Labelle has produced two goals and two assists for six points while being held off the scoresheet just once.
• Labelle recorded a season-high seven shots in Saturday's draw with MIT, and the Green and White is unbeaten this fall when he records at least one point.

TITLEHOLDERS COME TO TOWN
• Tuesday's contest marks the second time that Babson will face Tufts, which won last year's Division III national championship, when they are ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The previous match in 2017 ended with the Jumbos scoring 39 seconds into overtime to defeat the Beavers.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are unbeaten in seven matches this season (5-0-2) when conceding one goal or less.

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