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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton
Thursday, November 7 | 12:30 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 20-20-0 all-time against Wheaton in a series that dates back to 1990.
• The Beavers have won four straight and seven of the last nine matches between the sides going back to the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament.
• The programs have never played to a draw after 110 minutes despite going to overtime seven times since 1996.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• The storied rivals are set to meet for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and 14th time overall in the conference playoffs on Thursday.
• The Beavers are 7-6-0 against Wheaton in the in NEWMAC Tournament action, which includes three victories over the last four contests.
• Babson and the Lyons have combined to win 15 of 21 NEWMAC tournament titles going back to 1998.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Andrew Josephs scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute as the Beavers defeated Wheaton, 3-1, on October 19 in Babson Park.
• Senior Alex Crompton finished with a goal and an assist and sophomore Mitchell Collins scored once for Babson.
• Junior Nick Vanini scored off senior Jules Stewart's throw-in in the 34th minute for the Lyons.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Third-seeded Wheaton (9-7-1, 4-3-0 NEWMAC) edged Springfield 1-0 in its regular season finale on Saturday.
• Junior Chris Brubaker scored in the 59th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Diego Medina made five saves for the Lyons, who are playing in in their 18th NEWMAC semifinal in the last 20 years.
• Sophomore Antonio Rogliano (2-5-9) is tied for sixth in the league in assists, while senior JD Souza (3-1-7) and sophomore Charlie Stringer (3-1-7) have combined for three game-winning goals.
• Medina is 7-5-1 in 14 starts with a 1.26 goals against average and a .757 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Second-seeded Babson (12-5-2, 5-0-2 NEWMAC) is making its 13th conference semifinal appearance in 14 years after closing the regular season with a 4-1 victory at Coast Guard.
• Senior Luke Beaulieu scored twice and sophomore Robert Dunne added a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who went unbeaten in league play for the second year in a row.
• Collins (8-5-21) leads the NEWMAC in goals, Crompton (7-7-21) is tied for second in points and assists, and senior Ben Holman (3-6-12) ranks fourth in the league in assists.
• Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman has gone 10-4-2 with a 1.02 goals against average, a .818 save percentage and five shutouts in 16 starts.

LYON HUNTER
• Crompton, who ranks 19th on Babson's all-time list with 21 career goals and is now tied for 21st in career points with 55, has done major damage against Wheaton over the last three seasons.
• He has scored four times in four matches, which includes a goal in the regular season meeting back in October and both goals in last year's 2-0 NEWMAC semifinal victory over the Lyons.

SCORING FRENZY
• After not recording a goal of the first 51 games of his career, Beaulieu finished off the regular season in style with three markers in wins over Bridgewater State and Coast Guard last week.

BEAVER BITES
• The Green and White is unbeaten over its last five games at home, a streak which includes four straight victories.
• Babson is 10-2-1 in the conference semifinals since 2004.
• The Beavers are 11-1-4 going back to the start of last year against NEWMAC foes.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 11-0-2 this season have lost just once in their last 30 matches when conceding one goal or less.

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