BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Evan Gaudreau (Sacramento, Calif.) broke a scoreless deadlock in the 68th minute to help Babson College defeat visiting Lesley University, 1-0, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 2-0-2 on the year, while Lesley slips to 0-3-1 overall.
Junior goalkeeper David Crutchfield (Shrewsbury, Mass.) turned away 11 shots for the Lynch, which got outshot 20-3 in the match.
Despite dominating throughout, the Green and White was held off the board until Gaudreau's strike with 22:29 remaining. After taking a pass from Collins on the left flank he carried the ball to the edge of the box and hit a 20-yard shot that went untouched through traffic and inside the far post for his first career marker.
The Beavers had a number of quality scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes but struggled to finish in the final third. First-year Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) bid from the top of the box went just wide in the 18th minute, while senior Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) had a header saved and missed just high with a volley in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Crutchfield's best save of the second half came in the 56th minute when punched down a blast from Babson senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) and then snatched the loose ball just before junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) got to the rebound at the edge of the six-yard box.
The Beavers, who did not allow a shot in the second half, held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to WPI for its conference opener at 12 p.m., while Lesley visits Becker on Sunday at 2 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 8-0-0 all-time against the Lynx and have not conceded a goal in any of the last five matches between the sides.
• Babson is 11-3-1 against non-conference opponents at home going back to September 10, 2016. During this stretch the Green and White has recorded 10 shutouts.
• The Beavers have not allowed a goal in over 332 going back to the season opener on August 31.
• Prior to the game, Babson honored men's soccer alumnus Erik Isbrandtsen '94, who tragically lost his life in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.