Anderson Earns 10th Coach of the Year Honor, Parker Selected as Program's First NEWMAC Player of the Year Since 2012 to Highlight Beavers' Award Sweep
WESTWOOD, Mass.—The Babson College men's soccer program swept the major awards and had four players in all recognized when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released its postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) was tabbed as the NEWMAC Player of the Year, classmate Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) took home defensive player of the year honors, first-year Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) was named rookie of the year, and head coach Jon Anderson '75 was selected as the conference's coach of the year. Additionally, junior Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) earned the first all-league award of his career.
Anderson was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for first time since 2011 and collected his 10th coach of the year honor overall after leading the Green and White to its second regular season league title in three years. He became the 20th coach in Division III history to reach 400 wins on October 23 and guided the program to an unbeaten record (5-0-2) in conference play for the sixth time since 2008.
Parker picked up his second straight all-conference honor and became the Beavers' first NEWMAC Player of the Year award recipient since 2012 after producing career highs of seven goals and 20 points in 19 matches. He tied for second in the conference in assists (6) and points, ranked third in goals and contributed seven goals and five assists during an 11-match stretch from September 22-October 28.
Parker, who started 70 of 77 matches during his four-year career, is tied for 14th in program history with 20 assists. He also scored 15 goals he is also one of 25 players in school history to tally at least 50 career points.
Babson's first NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, Greenspan earned his third straight all-conference award and his second consecutive first-team nod after anchoring the league's top-ranked defense. He finished the year with a career-high five assists, four of which came over the team's final six matches, and was selected as the league's defensive player of the week on four occasions this fall.
Greenspan started 72 of 75 games, including all 57 over the last three seasons, and recorded four goals and 11 assists for 19 career points.
Hanlon, who was named to the all-league second team, is just the third Babson player and first since 2009 to collect NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors. He started all 19 matches at center back producing one goal and one assist for three points while helping the squad keep 11 clean sheets, its most since the 2006 campaign.
After making just two appearances over his first two seasons with the program, Heintzelman was named to the All-NEWMAC second team after going 9-3-4 with a 0.59 goals against average and a .873 save percentage in 16 starts. He led the conference in both shutouts (9) and saves (69), in addition to ranking second in save percentage and third in goals against average.
Heintzelman's 0.59 goals against average was the lowest by a Beavers' goalkeeper since 1991 and ranks 10th on the program's single-season list.
Babson finished the season at 12-3-4 overall after suffering a 1-0 loss to Springfield in the conference tournament final.