BOSTON—Senior Ben Holman (Ashland, Mass.) scored the first two goals of his career less than two minutes apart early in the second half as visiting Babson College went on to defeat Emerson College, 3-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic conference action on Saturday afternoon at Rotch Field.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last three matches, improves to 7-4-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league play. Emerson has dropped four straight games and is now 2-9-1 overall and 0-4-0 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) also scored, while classmate Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) and first-year Samuel Smith (Farmington, Maine) both chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made four saves to recorded his second consecutive clean sheet.
Junior goalkeeper David Kemp (London, England) finished with four saves for the Lions, who were shutout for the third consecutive match.
Holman broke the scoreless deadlock in the 62nd minute just moments after re-entering the game. Smith's long throw in from the right sideline bounced over the traffic in front of the goal before Holman touched it home at the back post for his first career goal. He completed his brace in the 64th minute, this time finishing off a Smith throw in from the left sideline. An Emerson defender was unable to head the ball out of danger and Holman buried a volley at the far post to make it 2-0.
Crompton tacked on an insurance tally, his third of the season, in the 82nd minute. Ziad beat a defender along the right sideline and drove into the box along the touchline before sliding a pass back for Crompton, who one-timed his finish under the crossbar at the near post for the final margin.
Heintzelman made a superb save in the 33rd minute, pushing away a header by Emerson sophomore Ryan Anderson (San Leandro, Calif.) off a corner kick. He also handled first-year Bo Feekins' (Kyiv, Ukraine) shot through traffic from the center of the box just prior to Holman's first marker.
The Beavers finished with a 13-7 edge in shots, while the Lions held a slim 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts nationally-ranked Connecticut College at 3:30 p.m., while Emerson takes on Framingham State on Monday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 7-0-0 all-time against Emerson and have recorded five consecutive shutouts versus the Lions.
• Babson is unbeaten over its last 11 NEWMAC regular season games (7-0-4) going back to the start of last year.
• The Beavers are 27-3-0 going back to 2016 when scoring two or more goals.
• Crompton has scored in two consecutive matches and Saturday's goal was the 17th of his career.