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Men's Soccer Defeats St. Lawrence in Season Opener, 3-2

Men's Soccer Defeats St. Lawrence in Season Opener, 3-2

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) scored twice to help Babson College defeat visiting Saint Lawrence University, 3-2, in non-conference men's soccer action on Friday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Crompton wasn't the only Beaver (1-0-0) to put points on the board, as classmate Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) found the back of the net in the 49th minute of play. Ziad and sophomore Luke Beaulieu (Westfield, N.J) both posted assists for The Green and White en route to the victory.

Junior Brendan McNamee (Newton, N.J) and first-year Sam Sapnar (Rumson, N.J) both scored for the Saints (0-1-0), while senior Luis Jimenez (San Diego, Calif.), junior Jethro Dede ( New York, N.Y), and sophomore Aidan Callahan (Amherst, N.Y) each contributed an assist.

The Saints struck first as they got on board in the 15th minute of the game on McNamee's shot from the middle of the box to the inside left post. Soon after, the Beavers found their stride as Crompton scored on a diving header after Beaulieu positioned the ball inside the box. Crompton found the net again just under 10 minutes later, burying a Ziad service inside the six-yard box to giive Babson a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute.

The Beavers got a goal from Ziad in the 49th minute to extend their lead to 3-1, but the Saints pulled back within a goal as Sapnar scored off an assist from Callahan in the 66th minute. The Saints pressured hard for an equalizer late in the second half, but Babson senior goalkeeper James Takami (Kenmore, Wash) made three late saves to preserve the win.

Takami finished with three saves, while Saints' junior goalkeeper Mike Smith (Syracuse, N.Y.) turned away one shot in defeat. 

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Clarkson at 2 p.m., while St. Lawrence visits Wheaton for a 3 p.m. start.

• The Beavers have now won six straight home openers, and are undefeated in their last eight non-conference home games.
• Friday's meeting was the first between the teams since 2003 and Babson's first win in series history.