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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. WPI

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. WPI

Men's Soccer vs. WPI
Saturday, September 21 | 2 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 39-9-3 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to 1974.
• The Beavers have gone 14-2-3 over their last 19 matches against the Engineers but are looking for their first victory since 2016 after last year's draw.

LAST MEETING
• Babson's Ian Fromhein '19 converted a penalty kick less than 10 minutes into the second half only to see WPI's Riley Doherty cancel it out with a spot kick of his own in the 86th minute as the sides played to a 1-1 2OT draw on September 15, 2018, in Worcester.
• Senior Steven Heintzelman made a career-high nine saves for the Beavers, while junior Rufus Adams turned away four shots for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (4-1-1, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) extended its unbeaten streak to four with a 1-0 victory over Endicott on Tuesday.
• Senior Luke Reiniger scored in the ninth minute Adams made the goal stand up with four saves for the Engineers, who did not attempt a corner kick in the match.
• Seniors Mark Calnan (3-1-7) and Jackson Conroy (3-1-7) have combined to notch three game-winning goals, first-year David LaPointe has scored twice, and Reiniger (1-2-4) is tied for the team lead in assists.
• Adams is 4-1-1 with a 0.35 goals against average, a .889 save percentage and three clean sheets in six starts on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (3-3-0, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) is looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Williams last Sunday.
• Heintzelman made four saves for the Beavers, who fell behind on a 33rd-minute penalty kick.
• Sophomore Mitchell Collins (5-1-11) is tied for the conference lead in goals, first-year Ryan Grund (1-4-6) leads the NEWMAC in assists, and senior Youcef Ziad has produced two goals and one assist for five points.
• Heintzelman is 1-3-0 with a 2.24 goals against average and a .733 save percentage in four starts, while senior Austin Mankouski is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals against average, a .857 save percentage and one clean sheet in two starts.

COMING HOME AGAIN
• Saturday's match against WPI will take place during Back To Babson 2019 as the College holds its Centennial Celebration.
• The Beavers played their first homecoming game on October 27, 1962, suffering a 3-0 defeat to Clark.

NEWMAC COACHES MAKE THEIR PICKS
• Babson collected seven of eight first-place votes and were picked to repeat as regular season champions when the conference released its preseason poll back in August.
• WPI, which has gone 10-2-5 against NEWMAC foes over the last two seasons, came in right behind the Beavers in second place.

FRIENDLY CONFINES
• Sunday's loss to Williams began a stretch that has the Green and White playing eight of its next 10 matches at home.
• During this stretch, Babson will take on a pair of programs ranked in the top 10 of the national polls in Tufts and Connecticut College, as well as regionally-ranked foes in WPI and MIT.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• In nine games against NEWMAC competition last year the Beavers conceded just four goals.

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