BABSON PARK, Mass.—Three different players scored and junior goalkeeper Austin Mankouski (Suffield, Conn.) recorded a three-save shutout to help Babson College defeat visiting Eastern Connecticut State University, 3-0, in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which is eighth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, improves to 8-2-4 overall, while Eastern Connecticut slips to 12-3-0 on the year.
Senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine), junior Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) and first-year Robert Dunne (Medway, Mass.) each had a goal for the Beavers. Senior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.), juniors Luke Beaulieu (Westfield, N.J.), Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) and Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.), and sophomore Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) all registered an assist in the win.
Mankouski kept his second clean sheet in as many starts this season, while senior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Boutot (Tolland, Conn.) combined to make three saves for the Warriors.
The Green and White took an early 1-0 lead on Czarnecki's goal in the sixth minute. Ziad colleted a throw in from Crompton and broke into the box along the right end line before finding Czarnecki, who drilled a volley past Murphy from just outside the six-yard box for his second tally of the year.
Murphy came off his line to deny Czarnecki again in the 25th minute before Parker doubled the Beavers' advantage less than 10 minutes from halftime. Josephs hit a long cross into the box from the right wing that was headed back across goal and inside the right post by Parker.
Boutot made the save of the game in the 70th minute to push Babson junior Ben Holman's (Ashland, Mass.) 25-yard blast over the crossbar, but could do nothing to deny Dunne's first career marker in the 74th minute. Greenspan's left-footed strike hit the right post but Dunne was there to clean up the rebound to make it 3-0.
Eastern Connecticut State, which was held without a shot over the final 70 minutes of the match, had its best scoring chance just 1:56 into the contest when Mankouski dove to his left to deny first-year Patrick Agyemang's (East Hartford, Conn.) shot from the left side of the box.
The Beavers finished with a 16-3 edge in shots and a slim 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Both squads return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Clark at 11:30 a.m., while the Warriors head to Southern Maine for a 1 p.m. start.
• The Beavers are 6-5-0 all-time against Eastern Connecticut and have won six of the last eight matches between the programs since 2011.
• Babson is 5-0-0 and has conceded just one goal at home this fall.
• The Beavers' three goals in Wednesday's victory are their most since a 5-1 win over Wheaton back on October 14, 2017.
• Head coach Jon Anderson '75 picked up his 398th career victory on Wednesday night and needs just two more to become the 20th coach in the history of Division III to reach the 400-win mark.