NEWTON, Mass.—Senior Mike Skelton (Conway, N.H.) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just 2:17 into the second half, helping Lasell College slip past visiting Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Taylor Field.
With its fourth straight win, Lasell is now 13-3-1 overall while the loss drops Babson to 10-7-1 on the season.
The Lasers opened the scoring in the 8th minute when senior Nery Guerra (Guatemala City, Guatemala) pushed the ball toward the endline just inside the 18-yard box before slipping a cross to the feet of classmate Brennan Adams (Southbury, Conn.) at the edge of the 6-yard box. Adams played a back-heel flick over to Skelton who slotted home to put Lasell ahead 1-0.
Israel helped Babson draw level in the 32nd minute of action when Laurenzo drove the top of the 6-yard box and found Israel unmarked on the back post for the equalizing score, making it 1-1.
The two teams went into the break tied, as the score reflected the evenly played first half. Babson outshot the hosts in the first half, 9-8 while the Lasers held a 4-0 edge in corners.
Lasell broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when a long ball from Servi Barrientos (Providence, R.I.) created a chance for Skelton. Skelton out muscled a Babson defender and chipped the visitors closing keeper, senior Jackson Klein (Maplewood, N.J.) for his second goal of the match and 16th of the season. The goal was also the 49th of the senior forwards career, tying the all-time record for goals scored in a career held by Zach Gagne '08.
Klein made six saves in a losing effort for Babson while sophomore Miguel Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) had eight saves Lasell.
The Beavers held a 23-17 advantage in shots, including a 14-9 edge after halftime. The Lasers attempted eight corner kicks while the Green and White took just two.
Babson will close out their regular season slate on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. tilt at home against NEWMAC foe Emerson College. Lasell will open postseason play on Sunday when they host Rivier University at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Lasell College.