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Men's Soccer Strikes Late to Turn Back Wheaton, 3-1

Men's Soccer Strikes Late to Turn Back Wheaton, 3-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) finished with a goal and an assist to help Babson College defeat visiting Wheaton College, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which has won four straight games and is unbeaten over its last five matches, improves to 9-4-2 overall and 3-0-2 in league play. Wheaton slips to 7-7-1 overall and 2-3-0 in the NEWMAC with the loss.

Junior Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) and sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) each scored, while senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.), sophomore Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) and first-year Ryan Grund (Princeton Junction, N.J.) contributed an assist for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made two saves in the win.

Junior Nick Vanini (Londonderry, N.H.) had a goal and senior Jules Stewart (Concord, Mass.) chipped in with an assist for the Lyons, who two saves from sophomore goalkeeper Diego Medina (Yonkers, N.Y.).

The Green and White jumped in front in the 21st minute on Collins' team-leading eighth goal. Ziad found Crompton with a low centering pass from the right wing and he sent it through the goal mouth with a back heel for Collins, who beat his mark and put away the finish for a 1-0 lead.

Wheaton pulled even in the 34th minute when Stewart's throw-in from along the right sideline found Vanini, who flicked a header past the outstretched hand of Heintzelman and inside the back post for his third goal of the year.

Babson outshot the Lyons 13-0 in the second half and created a number of good scoring chances. Sophomore Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) headed a corner kick just over the crossbar in the 49th minute and Collins sent a bouncing shot just wide of the right post in the 55th minute before the hosts capitalized on a free kick to go in front for good in the 78th minute.

Following a foul on the right wing, Josephs was at the back post to put away Grund's restart for his fifth marker of the season and a 2-1 lead. The Beavers tacked on an insurance goal in the 86th minute when Crompton ran onto Shellow's free kick and flicked his header just over Medina, who came charging off his line, for a two-goal advantage.

The Green and White held a 20-6 edge in shots for the match, while Wheaton finished with a slim 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Eastern Connecticut State at 7 p.m., while the Lyons host Emerson next Saturday at 2 p.m.

• The Beavers have won seven of their last nine meetings against Wheaton to pull even in the all-time series at 20-20-0.
• With Saturday's victory, Babson clinched a berth in next month's NEWMAC Tournament. The Green and White remains a point behind first-place Clark with two matches remaining. 
• The Beavers are unbeaten in their last 12 NEWMAC regular season games.
• Babson is 11-2-1 in the month of October going back to last season.